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colin shuker
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Hi, this is probably impossible, or very awquard, but is it possible to create my own characters, such as small chess pieces, which can then be written using System.out.println("Pawn="+pawn);

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Justin Fox
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you can write your own class Pawn, and then when you could output:



by creating your own String toString() method for that Pawn class, and format the output you want. Whether it be just the name of that piece, or the name and coords.

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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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It's a non-Java thing. You would have to create your own typeface, presumably one with support for at least the first 256 code points. Your typeface ("font") would include both a normal US-ASCII character set and then extra glyphs in the unused code points (128-255) to represent your chess pieces and things. Then you'd have to install it on the computer, and configure your terminal window to use it. Then it's easy: from Java, you'd just print the Unicode values which corresponded to the chess piece glyphs.


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Campbell Ritchie
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I can't tell you where you might find chess pieces, but if you try Unicode numbers more than 2653 and less than 2660 you might find something to your advantage.
colin shuker
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I'm not sure how I would create my own typeface, I googled it, but couldn't find anything of use.

I don't know how I would use 2653 - 2660 either :roll:
Paul Clapham
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Even if you did create your own typeface, you probably wouldn't be able to persuade the console to use it. But perhaps your "System.out.println" was just a quick example and you really have a more practical use for these symbols?
colin shuker
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No, I would be printing to console, and also to the gui.
I was hoping to use an array of points or something to create small images that can come up as normal text, but like I thought, its too complicated.
Bob Good
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There are some chess pieces in the private area of unicode defined here as an example:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo/fonts.htm

see these:

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~ngo/QUECHESS.TTF
[ January 18, 2008: Message edited by: Bob Good ]
Campbell Ritchie
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Platform-sensitivity, I am afraid. If you print 2653-2660 on a Linux shell, you get tiny chess pieces appearing. At least I did yesterday. If you tried it on Windows you would get ???
colin shuker
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Thanks, I tried the fonts, but I don't like them, and I wouldn't know how to use them.
I also tried the 2653-2660, but on windows, so they came up as '?'.

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