Several of the users over at the Japanese forums, particularly Mr. Kashiwagi, have made a Japanese language pack that cures all (?) of the character garbling problems that Japanese had. He is sad that this has not been taken up by the main Moodle install but that is my fault for not having relayed the information on that forum to this.
The following is a rough translations of Mr. Kashiwagi's site at
|Moodle ver. 1.5 dev (rev. 9/1/2004)|
|changes to||graphlib.php / moodlelib.php / Worksheet.php / Format.php|
Environment：Windows 2K + Apache 1.3.31 + PHP 4.3.8 + Moodle 1.5 dev + GD2
The following improvements to the Japanese language handling abilities have been testsed on the above systems.
Implementation and Instructions
|HIstory||2004/9/1 first edition|
Please see the above site for the code that follows the table.
The red code is NOT needed (is is from previous recommendations), the blue coded consists of the editions.
I have hacked my moodle so much that I am scared to touch it anymore. It is already going to take a day to move up to 1.4.2 Which I need for backups. So I have not tested the above, but the Japanese folks over there have and it would be really great, indeed essential to have a Japanese compliant Moodle if we are to use it for anything but English teaching here in Japan.