how to print characters of own language?

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    how to print characters of own language?

    I am trying to print a message on screen written in my own language(greek).Allthough I use printf like that.

    Code:
     printf("A message in my own language");
    it shows on screen weird characters (like this θεσσάλονικη).

    Maybe it's because those characters belong to the extended ASCII code,but how can i use them?For example. If I try to print the letter K (greek K==english K) with printf a strange char is shown while when i use this
    Code:
     printf("%c",170);
    it shows greek k!

    I also tried to change the font in dos(it has different font than the editor's) but it has only one font and i don't know how to add a new.

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    You'll need to use unicode functions, most likely. You can prefix an L to indicate a unicode string, which is of type wchar_t*:
    Code:
    L"unicode string"
    Then you use wprintf(), wscanf(), etc.

    Unicode in C: http://evanjones.ca/unicode-in-c.html
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    You also need a reasonably new compiler which understands say UNICODE and locales, not some 16-bit fossil like TurboC
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    Dev-C++ understands unicode, as do most modern compilers: http://bloodshed.net/devcpp.html

    Maybe it's because those characters belong to the extended ASCII code,but how can i use them?For example. If I try to print the letter K (greek K==english K) with printf a strange char is shown while when i use this
    Code:
    printf("%c",170);
    it shows greek k!
    Yes, it's due to the non-portable extended characters. There are only 128 of them, so all the characters you want probably aren't there. To see which ones are there, use an ASCII chart program like the one you posted a while ago to determine the character code for the characters. Then use putchar(number) or something. (You can represent an arbitrary character in a string in octal format with \012, or in hex with \xaa: puts("\011hi\x1b")
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    Thanks a lot for your replies! You are really helpful and quick-responding!!!

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