RE: converters

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Fri Nov 20 1998 - 06:53:10 EST

Hello Michael. If you attended the Unicode conference, perhaps you saw my
talk on Office2000? I covered some of these issues.

Word2000 (now in Beta2) will import your plain iso-8859-6 text and also
supports output of UTF-8 plain text, if that is what you need.

In between, you can edit Arabic text properly (no special Arabic version
required), as well as about 100 other languages, and you can display these
all at the same time. Office2000 also includes a full Unicode 2.1 font
called "Arial Unicode MS". This is a complete font covering all of Unicode
2.1. Cyberbit has fairly good coverage, but several ranges are missing so
you may want a backup. Typically we don't recommend such full Unicode fonts
however - better results are obtained with fonts designed for the particular
language you are looking for.

You can contact me directly for details.

Chris Pratley
Lead International Program Manager
Microsoft Office

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Flowers []
Sent: November 18, 1998 5:53 AM
To: Unicode List
Subject: converters

        My name is Michael Flowers, and I work for DIGITAL Equipment, a
subsidiary of Compaq Computer Corporation. I attended the Unicode
conference in San Jose, CA this past September, and I was wondering if I
could find out some information.

        A project that I am working on with the US Department of Defense, is
a dictionary lookup tool in foreign languages. The language they have
requested first is Arabic. I was wondering if you had any information on
converters of ISO-8859-6 Arabic text over to UTF-8 encoding? We are using
the CYBERBIT font from Bitstream, Inc. on our NT machine.

        In the future, we would like to convert other dictionaries in other
languages over to store in our database/lookup tool, hence the need for the
CYBERBIT font. We would like to be able to display the text from multiple
languages on one page. Thanks in advance for any information you can


Michael Flowers
Technology Consultant
DIGITAL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Compaq Computer Corporation

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