The language packs that we have been referring to add functionality to the
browsing capabilities of Windows, not necessarily to all other Windows
applications. Other Windows applications can certainly take advantage of
the added support, but it depends on the application.
Windows NT 5.0 will allow you to run localized applications and support
input, display and output of content in any of the supported languages on
all language versions. The list of supported scripts include, but are not
limited to, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Russian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Korean,
Hindi, Tamil and Vietnamese. The input support includes running of the
Japanese, Chinese and Korean IMEs as well as keyboard input for other
languages. This means that the full set of IME APIs is supported on every
I'm not certain what level of multilingual support exists on Windows CE
devices. I'll pass along your question to the Windows CE team.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Glen Perkins [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 1998 12:58 PM
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: Can we read Arabic Text on English ver of Windows95
> 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
> 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 <email@example.com>
> To: Unicode List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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
> >posted to make it easier to obtain appropriate fonts. These language
> >will only be meaninful when installed on the English UI product enabled
> >Complex Scripts, as John mentioned earlier.
> >I expect that the complex script enabled version of IE4 should run fine
> >non-English version of Winodws, e.g., French Win95, however, it is not
> >officially tested or supported.
> >Thanks - Lori Brownell
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: email@example.com [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >> 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
> >> >http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/iebuild/IE4_Win32/AR/10698.htm
> >> >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, http://www.tradoc.fr/john/
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