Re: Tamil and Unicode

From: Chris Wendt (
Date: Sat Jun 05 1999 - 18:29:20 EDT

This document
<font size=12>
&#x0b90;&#x0b92;&#x0b93;&#x0b94;&#x0b95; &#x0b95;&#x0bc0;&#x0b83;

looks good (to me - comparing with Tamil glyphs as printed in the Unicode
book) on my English Windows98+IE5+Arial Unicode MS.

Arial Unicode MS comes with Office 2000 (plain US-English version). So
really all you need to get to your users is a font with the Tamil glyphs at
the right points.

----- Original Message -----
From: Arash Zeini <>
To: Unicode List <>
Cc: F. Avery Bishop <>
Sent: Saturday, June 05, 1999 2:42 PM
Subject: RE: Tamil and Unicode

> Thank you very much for the answers.
> So if I understand it right, there is nothing I can really do right now,
> beside waiting, if I don't want to go the way of other plug-ins...
> Important for us is to publish our texts on the WWW where everybody can
> have access to them via IE5 or more ...
> Thanks a lot again,
> Arash
> >
> >Windows 2000 will support correct glyph shaping of several complex
> >including Tamil, and will ship with a Tamil font. It isn't a great font,
> >because it's been optimized for legibility in menus and dialogs, not for
> >high quality desktop publishing. The plaintext display APIs (ExtTextOut,
> >DrawText, GetTextExtent*, etc) have been extended to support complex
> >and provide one level of font fallback. This means if the glyphs required
> >for a particular script aren't in the currently selected font, a glyph
> >a fall back font for that script will be used if available.
> >
> >With this support you can create, display, edit, and print plaintext
> >documents encoded in Unicode or UTF-8 containing Tamil and other scripts,
> >using notepad, for example. There will also be a version of Office 2000
> >supports Tamil. I don't know the release date but it should be available
> >about the time Windows 2000 ships.
> >
> >There is also a new API called Uniscribe that provides display and
> >features for formatted text containing complex scripts. For details, see
> >
> >
> >
> >F. Avery Bishop
> >Program Manager, International Evangelism
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Jeroen Hellingman []
> >Sent: Friday, June 04, 1999 10:14 AM
> >To: Unicode List
> >Subject: Re: Tamil and Unicode
> >
> >
> >The question pops up once in a while. You can use the Unicode characters
> >for Tamil in your XML documents, but you will need software that is
> >of
> >rendering Tamil correctly, that is, using the correct ligatures of
> >and vowels,
> >etc., if you want to be able to read it. The encoding would be the same
> >for other
> >Unicode files. Unfortunately, very few software packages support Tamil
> >as of now. One product that does support Tamil in Unicode is Unitype
> >Writer, but
> >unfortunately, you still have to select a Tamil font manually when it
> >encounters
> >a Tamil character, as it won't do it automatically. I consider this a big
> >shortcoming, as
> >I need to switch scripts extremely often. (I evaluated it for dictionary
> >making, in which the
> >scripts switch several times for each headword.).
> >
> >Jeroen
> >
> >
> >

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