Re: UTF-8: Michael takes the plunge

From: Deborah Goldsmith (
Date: Mon Apr 05 1999 - 21:21:15 EDT

>>We've had a full Unicode rendering engine in Mac OS since Mac OS 8.5 (with
>>full Unicode input support as well), but applications haven't been revised
> But there is no way still to have a keyboard that inputs
> a composed character from a single keystroke, right? (I'm
> aware there are some localized systems where this has been
> fixed, but not generally.)

Actually, Unicode keyboards ("uchr" resources) can generate multiple Unicode
code points from a single keystroke. That's been true since 8.5, which
introduced TSM (Text Services Manager) 1.5. For a Unicode-aware application,
it will receive these code points all at once. For non-Unicode-aware
applications (everything shipping today as far as I know), the Unicodes will
be converted into a sequence of equivalent WorldScript characters.

Deborah Goldsmith
Manager, International Toolbox Group
Apple Computer, Inc.

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