In addition to Chris' comments, I would add that the OpenType tables are not
yet complete for all languages (Indian ones in particular), so there are
likely to be some peculiarities in layout for some complex scripts requiring
shaping. Otherwise, the font is complete for all of Unicode 2.1. As far as I
am aware, it is the only TrueType font that covers the entire range of
Unicode 2.1 without missing glyphs. If there are problems with any
characters, I would like to hear details from this group, since the font is
a work in progress.
From: Chris Wendt [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: June 8, 1999 4:43 PM
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: Arial Unicode MS
The font is licensed from the Monotype Corporation: http://www.monotype.com/
and ships with Microsoft Office 2000. Office 2000 is the only delivery
mechanism I know of.
No, it is not downloadable from the Microsoft site. You wouldn't like to do
that: the font file size is 23,566 KB.
Preview and Print embedding is allowed.
Arial Unicode MS contains 51180 glyphs and no standard kern pairs. This font
does not include embedded bitmaps. There is a glyph mapped to Unicode®
position 20AC, suggesting that this font contains a euro currency symbol.
This extended version of Monotype's Arial contains glyphs for all code
points within The Unicode Standard, Version 2.0.
Original design: Robin Nicholas, Patricia Saunders. Extended glyphs:
Monotype Type Drawing Office, Monotype Typography.
Font Encoding Type is Unicode (ISO 10646-2).
Digitized data copyright (C) 1993-1999 The Monotype Corporation. All rights
reserved. Arial® is a trademark of The Monotype Corporation which may be
registered in certain jurisdictions.
[All this information - and much more - from Microsoft Font Properties
I pointed the original inquirer to a Tamil only font licensable from
In this context you will probably consider font embedding for your web
pages. See http://www.microsoft.com/typography/web/embedding/weft2/.
----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Perkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Unicode List <email@example.com>
Cc: Chris Wendt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 1999 2:22 PM
Subject: Arial Unicode MS
> Chris, could you tell us a bit more about that font and its availability?
> What does it include? Will it be downloadable?
> Glen Perkins
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Chris Wendt <email@example.com>
> To: Unicode List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Cc: F. Avery Bishop <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, June 05, 1999 3:23 PM
> Subject: Re: Tamil and Unicode
> > This document
> > --------
> > <html>
> > </body>
> > <font size=12>
> > ஐஒஓஔக கீஃ
> > </font>
> > </body>
> > </html>
> > --------
> > looks good (to me - comparing with Tamil glyphs as printed in the
> > 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
> > the right points.
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