[Gtk-sharp-list] Gtk# and german "Umlaut" characters

Helge Lenuweit helge@lenuweit.net
Wed, 22 Sep 2004 19:11:30 +0000


I have recently started to dive into UI design with Gtk#, coming from 
the System.Windows.Forms corner of the world. Although Gtk# being a 
powerful environment, issues with displaying german "Umlaut" characters 
(,,, also ) turn things pretty annoying:

Passing a standard C# string object with "Umlauts" to a Gtk# widget will 
result in an empty display label or the string being cut right before 
the character in question. I imagine this has to do with the GTK 
subsystem misinterpreting unicode... This can be solved by converting 
the string encoding from UTF8 to Default, which helped on both 
Linux/Mono and Windows.

This leaves me with the following questions:
- are there any caveats with my workaround?
- if this is the way to go, shouldn't such conversion be done automatically?

By the way, I used VS2003 and the new Gtk#/Windows installer - might 
this be causing the problem?

Thanks for your thoughts,