Unable to paste Unicode text into inkscape

Bug #491995 reported by sanyal on 2009-12-03
This bug affects 2 people
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Bug Description

I am not able to copy unicode text ( malayalam is what I tried ) from MSword or notepad and paste in inkscape text box. The text is not visible but an empty box is created.
Also, I am not able to type malayalam directly into Inkscape using Mozhi keyman. The inscript keyboard with windows xp is working.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

possibly related:
Bug #491716 “Text copy-paste problem in 0.47”
Question #92531 "Chinese text not displayed properly"

Did you select a font that can display the unicode characters (malayalam)?

tags: added: clipboard text
removed: cannot paste unicode windows
sanyal (sanyal-r2000) wrote :

I have tried selecting many unicode malayalam fonts - meera, rachana etc. But it does not work.

su_v (suv-lp) on 2014-08-08
tags: added: win32
jazzynico (jazzynico) wrote :

Confirmed on Windows XP, Inkscape 0.48.5 and 0.91.x rev. 13633, but only affects text copied from Word (not the notepad).

1. Create text (Malayalam) in Word (tested with Word 2010).
2. Copy the text and paste it to Inkscape (on canvas).
-> The copy contains a group of paths corresponding to the original text. With 0.91.x, the paths are white so they are invisible on a white canvas (change the selection to black to show the objects).

Workaround 1:
Paste the text to the notepad first, and then copy-paste to Inkscape.
Workaround 2:
Create a text object in Inkscape first (with a single character), and then replace it with the text to paste in the Text dialog (Shift+Ctrl+T).

Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
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