About the tool: Look up and see characters (using graphics or fonts) and property information, view whole character blocks or custom ranges, select characters to paste into your document, paste in and discover unknown characters, search for characters, do hex/dec/ncr conversions, highlight character types, etc. etc. Supports Unicode 6.0 and written with Web Standards to work on a variety of browsers. No need to install anything.
Latest changes: The majority of changes in this update relate to the user interface. They include the following:
- Many controls have been grouped under three tabs: Look up, Filter, and Options. Various previously dispersed controls were gathered together under the Filter and Options tabs. Many of the controls have been slightly renamed.
- The Search control has been moved to the top right of the window, where it is always visible.
- The old Text Area is now a Copy & Paste control that has a 2-dimensional input box. In browser such as Safari, Chrome and Firefox 4, this box can be stretched by the user to whatever size is preferred.
- The icon that provides a toggle switch between revealing detailed information for a character in a list or table, or copying that character to the Copy & Paste box has been redesigned. It stands alone and indicates the location of the current outcome using arrows.
It looks like this: or this .
- Title text has been provided for all controls, describing briefly what that control does. You can see this information by hovering over the control with the mouse.
Many of these changes were introduced to make it a little easier for newcomers to get to grips with UniView.
There were also some feature changes:
- The ‘Codepoints’ control was converted to accept text as well as code points and renamed ‘Characters’. By default the control expect hex code point values, but this can be switched using the radio buttons. For text, you would usually use the ‘Copy & Paste’ control, but if you want to check out some characters without disturbing the contents of that control, you can now do so by setting the ‘Character’ radio button on the ‘Characters’ control.
- The control to look up characters in the Unihan database was fixed, but also extended to handle multiple characters at a time, opening a separate window for each character. (UniView warns you if you try to open more than 5 windows.)
- The control to send characters to the Unicode Conversion tool was fixed and now puts the character content of the field in the green box of the Converter Tool. If you need to convert hex or decimal code point values, do that in the converter.
- The Show Age feature now works with lists, not just tables.