Re: java and unicode

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Tue Feb 03 1998 - 19:05:01 EST

Jonathan Rosenne wrote:
> At 06:52 03/02/98 -0800, Mark Davis wrote:
> >> Jonathan Rosenne <>
> >> The Java specification does not include proper suopport for bidi, thus it
> >> cannot claim to support Unicode.
> >
> >
> >This statement is not quite accurate. To support Unicode, an implementation
> >does not have to support every Unicode character--Java currently does not
> >support Arabic or Hebrew.
> Mark, you are of course correct, but then this isn't full support.

I will try to be more precise. Java, like any other implementation, could be
completely Unicode-conformant and yet not necessary support every single
Unicode character. A number of people inside and outside of JavaSoft are
working to extend the number of characters that it does support.

> >However, work is underway to support both of them in Java 1.2.
> As far as I was told this does not address the base direction issue.

It does, although the support for different orientations in Component are just
now getting into the Java 1.2, and are not reflected in the beta2 APIs.

> Jonathan

Mark Davis

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