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gucharmap /guwˈtʃaɹˌmæp/ [project page]

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This web page is obsolete. Please visit http://live.gnome.org/Gucharmap.

gucharmap is a Unicode character map. It uses the gtk+ toolkit and runs on any platform that gtk+ supports.


Mon Mar 22 23:37:30 EST 2004

1.4.0 is released. Changes since 1.2.0:

  • View by script as well as by Unicode block.
  • New documentation in the following languages: de es fr it ja ko sv zh_CN zh_HK zh_TW
  • English documentation improved and updated.
  • Search modified to look in CJK ideograph definitions as well as character names. Search heuristic also improved in other areas.
  • Bothersome gucharmap input method removed.
  • Many user interface improvements.
  • Much code reorganized.
  • New and updated translations: ar az bn ca cs cy da de el en_CA en_GB es fa fi fr ga hi id it ja ko lt mn ms nl no pa pl pt pt_BR sk sq sr sr@Latn sv th uk zh_CN
Thu Nov 20 17:30:50 EST 2003

1.2.0 is released. Changes since 1.0.0:

  • Help, by Chee Bin HOH.
  • Add smarts to search dialog. Now you can enter a code point, or the character you want to jump to, as well as search by character name.
  • Removed “Search/Code Point”. Use search dialog instead.
  • Removed Back and Forward buttons since they were confusing and seldom used.
  • New and updated translations: ca,fi,it,ta,uk,vi,wa.
  • Other fixes. (Keith Packard, Mariano Suárez-Alvarez)
Wed Sep 10 16:11:00 EDT 2003
1.0.0 is released. There are no big changes in this release. A couple of bug fixes, and lots of updated translations. This is the version in GNOME 2.4.0.
Wed, 2 Jul 2003 05:48:16 +1000
It has been officially decided that gucharmap will be in the GNOME 2.4 desktop.
Tue Jun 10 23:43:28 EDT 2003

0.8.0 is released. Significant changes since 0.6.1:

  • full character details are now in a textview in separate tab
  • as a result of this, much of the View menu evaporates
  • characters mentioned in the details tabs are clickable links; back and forward history for clicked-characters
  • useful character information is shown in the status bar; this includes at a minimum the codepoint and character name; for CJK ideographs, the definition; usage notes if the character has any
  • got rid of the U+xxxx page listings in the left pane, since they weren't very useful
  • search and jump-to-codepoint dialogs are a bit nicer, work better
  • got rid of Zoom Mode menu item; keyboard users can hold down Shift instead
  • install “gnome-character-map” symlink to gucharmap (requested by the gcharmap maintainer)
  • change “Char_map” menu to “_File”
  • it says in the magnification window which font is actually being used to draw the character
  • function names in the public API changed to start with “gucharmap_” prefix
  • header files start with “gucharmap”; only need to #include <gucharmap/gucharmap.h>
  • ./configure option not to generate gtk.immodules (mainly useful for distro package maintainers)
  • accessibility fix: emit active-descendant-changed signal when selected cell changes (bug #112981, Padraig O'Briain)
  • ignore keypresses with modifiers in the character table
  • new and updated translations: cs de es it ja ko ms nl pt ru sv zh_CN zh_TW
  • highlight the active unicode block in the character table
  • bold and italic buttons in the font selection, instead of a list of styles

Old news elided.


Download gucharmap from GNOME ftp.

Or, you can check out the very latest version from cvs:

cvs -d:pserver:anonymous@anoncvs.gnome.org:/cvs/gnome co gucharmap

You can also browse the source with lxr.


Updated Mon Jun 9 01:51:13 EDT 2003.

The highlighted blue part shows the full extent of the block selected in the left pane (“Combining Diacritical Marks”).
gucharmap shot 1
More information in the details tab. Those link-looking things do about what you'd expect. The Back and Forward buttons are for link-following history.
gucharmap shot 2
Hold down the right mouse button or the shift key to see the character magnified. Tells you what font is actually being used to draw the glyph.
gucharmap shot 3
Tries to be smart about what to tell you in the status bar.
gucharmap shot 4
You can see where the status bar information is coming from.
gucharmap shot 5
I followed a link. The Back button isn't greyed out anymore.
gucharmap shot 6
For CJK ideographs (Chinese characters), it shows the definition in the status bar.
gucharmap shot 7


links to stuff gucharmap uses

related programs

Also see Project UTF-8.


gucharmap is copyright © 2003 Noah Levitt <nlevitt columbia edu>

gucharmap is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

gucharmap is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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