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Printing utf8 chars in a console app

Printing utf8 chars in a console app

Printing utf8 chars in a console app

I'm trying to make chess in a console application, and at the moment im just using letters to represent the pieces. I seen that in the utf-8 charecter set, you can find actual chess pieces, but im having some trouble printing them.

After looking on the net a bit, i have tried


in both cases, it's just printing '?'

Anyone here has any idea how this works?
I'm using Visual studio c++ console application.

RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

Start your console with cmd /u

RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

No.. it's not in cmd.exe, i want to print them from my own application..

#include "stdafx.h"
#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

int _tmain(int argc, _TCHAR* argv[])

RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

Have you built it with the unicode flag set?

RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

May be, it's console font problem? If console font has not chess gliphs (for example, in my system(s) no console fonts to show chess at all, so no sense to declare any code pages;)...
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RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

If you are refering to the Charecter set in the general selection of the project properties pages, it's set to "Use Unicode Charecter Set".

If not, any chance you can specify where I find it?

RE: Printing utf8 chars in a console app

The console will only take the Unicode characters available in Lucida Console font.  You can't display all the characters in Arial MS Unicode, which includes the chess characters you're talking about.

Note that consoles tend to be made up of non-proportional fonts.  Arial MS Unicode is a proportional font and can cause problems, especially with cursor addressing.

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