Re: Viewing Extended Latin characters, was UTF-8...

From: Deborah Goldsmith (
Date: Tue Apr 06 1999 - 14:37:34 EDT

>> Thanks very much. That was in fact quite helpful, and I can now
>> see some Russian, Chinese and Japanese text using Netscape and looking at
>> some utf-8 test pages. Very cool! One problem, though... I installed
>> the GX fonts, the GX version of ATM, and the GX Graphics init, but
>> the browser is not displaying extended Latin characters at all,
>> no A with a macron over it, no c-circumflex, no g-breve.
>> I've selected Hoefler as the font for Unicode and tried nearly every
>> option in the View/Encoding menu. Is there yet another setting I've
>> overlooked?
> Unfortunately, not. Netscape isn't drawing Unicode directly, either through
> ATSUI or through GX; it's splitting the Unicode up into runs of various Mac
> script encodings and drawing those. Characters which aren't in any of the
> Mac scripts will not be drawn. Having GX present (or not) doesn't make any
> difference; Netscape isn't paying it any attention.

The good news is that when applications start using ATSUI, your GX fonts
will work, including their extended repertoires.

In fact, Apple put extended Latin repertoires in all our system fonts
(Chicago, Charcoal, Times, etc.) for Mac OS 8.5. They're only accessible
through the Unicode cmap, though, so only ATSUI and GX can draw them. You
can view them using any TrueType font editor.

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

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