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Unicode Input Tool/Converter 2.7.1-signed
by Brett Zamir
About this Add-on
You can also save arbitrary sequences of Unicode in the chart view, such that the optional toolbar icon (drag the extension's icon (an image of a "U") to one of your toolbars via View->Toolbars->Customize) can be used to paste these snippets of text into Firefox or web pages. Use right-click to remove an item.
Use control+left-click while you are hovering the cursor over the chart view to freeze the descriptions below. See help in dialog window for more nuances.
You should be able to download the Unihan database (not included with the extension due to size) from within the preferences. If you have trouble, download the approximately 25MB file from http://bahai-library.com/zamir/Unihan.sqlite and place it in your Firefox profile directory.
Please be aware that in the Unicode chart view, items like question marks (Firefox 2.0) or boxed numbers (Firefox 3.0) may appear in place of a desired character (and some characters will not or cannot be displayed at all). This is due to the available font's own present limitations in displaying such characters. To find these, you could consult the images such as those at the official http://www.unicode.org/charts site, now also accessible through the extension. While in the extension, you can hover your mouse over a character from the desired range, and a link will appear which you can click to lead to the appropriate chart and optionally view the image.
Web developers can also use this extension's "x-unicode:" protocol to link in a generic way to a Unicode character (which this extension will use to open the chart dialog). Other extensions or Unicode applications are welcome to collaborate to develop and propose a definitive standard. See http://brett-zamir.me/tests/unicodeProtocolExamples.html (will only work with the extension installed).
The Unicode data within this extension is licensed as described at http://unicode.org/copyright.html
Translators welcome at http://www.babelzilla.org/index.php?option=com_wts&Itemid=88&extension=2979&type=lang
Some layout problems exist in certain versions. I've tested on Windows Vista on all resolutions, and in Ubuntu Linux; one tester said Mac worked all right and another said it didn't. With splitter resizing, it can work nearly perfectly in the configurations I've been able to test, but some users have reported more serious problems with the layout expanding too large. This problem is most likely due to the need to auto-calculate screen resolution, and to accommodate the many features of the chart view. Any developers familiar with what issue or Firefox bug this may relate to, please let me know.
- Changes to 2.7
- Updated UI and UnicodeData.txt database to ensure all non-Unihan Unicode 6.0.0 and scripts present, as well as
updated remote SQLite Unihan to 6.0.0, requiring a new download internal to the app (optional).
- Allow character encoding conversions
- Allow insertion of XML Entity Definition entity sets
- Fixed "Other, Not Assigned" category (within specialized search) to return its actual data
- Ensure blanking out meta-data when hovering on non-characters
- Added locale sv-SE (thanks Mikael Hiort af Ornäs!)
- Updated to Firefox 4.0.*
- Added appeal for a world auxiliary language to the About tab
The Development Channel lets you test an experimental new version of this add-on before it's released to the general public. Once you install the development version, you will continue to get updates from this channel. To stop receiving development updates, reinstall the default version from the link above.
Caution: Development versions of this add-on have not been reviewed by Mozilla.
- Version 2.6.2b2: