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    Hii all,

    Recently, I need to generate Ngram from a text file which contains Unicode code point (E.g: \u042D, \u0441, \u043A, ...). To do it, I have to convert these code point into real characters first; but, I'm still stuck on it.

    It's supposed that content from my text file ("I:/unicode.txt") is string like "8 \u042D\u0441\u043A\u0435-\u041D\u043E\u0442\u0440-\u0414\u0430\u043CAAAA abcde". Problem is:
    + When I read by line and print out that string into my console, the output is the same with above unicode code point.
    + But, when I try to copy content of that file to a String type in Java, it comes out with real characters like " Э с к е ..."

    Anyone can tell me the reason why I cannot print real characters from Unicode code point from my text file in that way?

    Any suggestions, discussions are appreciated!
    Thanks in advance.

    Java Code:
    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
    String str1 = "8 \u042D\u0441\u043A\u0435-\u041D\u043E\u0442\u0440-\u0414\u0430\u043CAAA abcde";
    String str2 = getStringFromFile();
    System.out.println(str1); // print real characters: 8 Эске-Нотр-ДамAAA abc
    System.out.println(str2); // print Unicode code point:8 \u042D\u0441\u043A\u0435-\u041D\u043E\u0442\u0440-\u0414\u0430\u043CAAAA abcde

    My function to read text file like this:

    Java Code:
    public static String getStringFromFile() throws FileNotFoundException, IOException {
    FileInputStream fis = new FileInputStream("I:/unicode.txt");
    DataInputStream dis = new DataInputStream(fis);
    BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(dis));
    String line = "";
    String content = "";
    while ((line = br.readLine()) != null) {
    content += line;
    return content;

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    If you put those code points in a literal String in your Java source code it's the compiler that does the translation for you; if you just read lines from a file nothing translates those codepoints for you, you have to do it yourself; here's a quick snippet that does the translation of a line for you (just like the compiler does):

    Java Code:
    	public static String process(String line) {
    		Pattern p= Pattern.compile("\\\\u[0-9A-Za-z]{4}");
    		StringBuilder sb= new StringBuilder(line);
    		for (Matcher m= p.matcher(sb.toString()); m.find(); m= p.matcher(sb.toString())) {
    			int beg= m.start();
    			int end= m.end();
    			sb.replace(beg, end, ""+(char)Integer.parseInt(sb.substring(beg+2, end), 16));
    		return sb.toString();
    kind regards,

    Last edited by JosAH; 07-30-2011 at 01:08 PM. Reason: simplified the code a bit
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