Unicode and Indic scripts on Windows (was: Re: FAQ : principle of use and availability of UTF-16.)

From: Christopher John Fynn (cfynn@dircon.co.uk)
Date: Sun Jun 18 2000 - 07:20:06 EDT

Prof. K.C.Mahapatra wrote:

<< Most of the software developers today are using MS Windows 98 with a keyboard
to write in English fonts ASCII characters. ...>>

For a start Window's 98 does not fully support UNICODE. If you want to use
UNICODE on Windows computers (without going through too many hoops) use Windows
NT 4 or better yet Windows 2000 (NT 5).

Windows 2000 shipped in India comes with input methods which will allow you to
input Unicode characers for Devanagri and Tamil - and I suspect Oriya, & etc.
will be available before too long. You can also download the NT DDK, which will
allow you to create your own Oriya keyboard from
http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/ddk/ddk40.htm . Another way is to use
Tavultesoft's Keyboard Manager for Unicode

To properly display Unicode text for Indic scripts, Windows applications - such
as Office 2000, Internet Explorer and Microsoft's rich text controls - rely on
OpenType and Uniscribe. If you have questions about OpenType and Uniscribe the
best place to ask is on the OpenType list see:
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/otlist.htm. It would probably also be
worth your while to read the OpenType specification
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/tt/tt.htm and "Microsoft's document
Creating and supporting OpenType fonts for Indic scripts"

I hope this helps,

Best Regards

- Christopher J Fynn

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