Which version of Director are you using?
Sorry, forget to mentioned it
Macromedia Director MX 2004 is used (with update 10.1.1)
Why don't you try version 11.5? There is a trial available, and if you don't have D11 installed it won't "accidentally" overwrite anything important. D11+ is unicode aware so should make all these text-encoding issues a distant (if painful) memory.
Oh, and be sure to make a backup of any D10 files before opening them in D11.5 as the file format is updated and isn't backward compatible (you can't open a D11.5 file in D10)
Message was edited by: Sean_Wilson Reason: addendum
Sorry, change to Director 11 is not possible
Because we have a textengine for creating BitmapText based on fontdescription files that store ASCII representation of all charactes in specific font
Then we work with ASCII representation of each UTF-8 letter that should be represented on screen
There are a lot of projects, based on this system and everything works ok on european localizations
Now the problem is we want to port everything to japanese localization
Everything works fine except of problems with texts that I've described above
If we change to Director 11, we will have to re-implement many other features except of text engine, buy new Xtras etc
We are looking for quick solution, that concerns just text problem?
If we could forbid that joining of 2 character bytes into one byte with strange character code that would solve everything
Therefore thequestion is - how can we do this and if this is generally possible ?
Can anyone help me with this issue?
Is there any way to manage this problem in Macromedia Director MX 2004?
Any help will be appreciated
The case is very very urgent
DMX2004 simply wasn't built to handle unicode. If you or the company you worked for built an engine to handle it and it works, but not with Japanese characters then I'd say you have more experience with trying to get unicode working in a non-unicode environment than pretty much most people here.
That being said, the only thing I can suggest is trying to get a hold of the developer of the Xtrema Xtra which is the only Xtra I know of that can handle unicode. Unfortunately, the link is broken now: http://xtrema.rtr.gr/ but fortunately, he also developed goMU to which there is still a working site: http://gomu.rebus.gr/ so maybe he can be contacted through there.
You might also try the Mile High Table O' Products
Otherwise, the best solution ( sans the fact that you guys have a custom built engine) is using D11.5 for unicode.