Re: Can we read Arabic Text on English ver of Windows95

From: Glen Perkins (
Date: Tue Jun 02 1998 - 16:02:43 EDT

I'm delighted that Microsoft is making these language packs generally
available, and in so many languages. I'm using all four of the CJK language
packs right now, and they add tremendous value to Windows as a
general-purpose gateway to the Internet as well as making it a better
general-purpose computing platform.

How soon will the language packs have input methods?

Will/do they have public IME APIs that allow third parties to sell input
methods that work with the language packs?

Will they continue to work on *all* full-sized versions of Win32 after you
add input methods? (95, 98, NT4?)

Since WindowsCE is Unicode-based, will any language packs be available for
CE? Handheld PC? Palm-sized PC?

__Glen Perkins__

-----Original Message-----
From: Lori Brownell <>
To: Unicode List <>
Cc: <>
Date: Tuesday, June 02, 1998 7:58 AM
Subject: RE: Can we read Arabic Text on English ver of Windows95

>The same version supports Arabic and Hebrew, as well as Thai, Hindi and
>Tamil. We are working on getting all of the appropriate IE4 language packs
>posted to make it easier to obtain appropriate fonts. These language packs
>will only be meaninful when installed on the English UI product enabled for
>Complex Scripts, as John mentioned earlier.
>I expect that the complex script enabled version of IE4 should run fine on
>non-English version of Winodws, e.g., French Win95, however, it is not
>officially tested or supported.
>Thanks - Lori Brownell
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: []
>> Sent: Monday, June 01, 1998 11:26 PM
>> To: Unicode List
>> Subject: Re: Can we read Arabic Text on English ver of Windows95
>> On Sun, 31 May 1998 13:26:28 -0700 (PDT), John McConnell wrote:
>> >1. Download IE4 for enabled for Arabic from
>> >
>> >This version is a superset of the English version of IE4 and includes
>> >support for the DIR attribute, BDO element, the Unicode bidi algorithm
>> and
>> >the layout and rendering necessary for Arabic.
>> Lori has told us that the same applies for Hebrew, but does this one
>> version do both scripts?
>> Subsidiary question: can this version be used with a non-English
>> version of Windows (e.g. French Win95 or NT4)?
>> --
>> John Wilcock,

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