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

From: Chris Pratley (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 22:50:37 EDT

Small note: All language flavours of Win2000 include the Indic support and
input methods Chris describes, not just the one shipped in India.

Chris Pratley
Group Program Manager
Microsoft Word

-----Original Message-----
From: Christopher John Fynn []
Sent: June 18, 2000 4:12 AM
To: Unicode List
Cc: Prof. K.C.Mahapatra
Subject: Unicode and Indic scripts on Windows (was: Re: FAQ : principle of
use and availability of UTF-16.)

Prof. K.C.Mahapatra wrote:

<< Most of the software developers today are using MS Windows 98 with a
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
NT  4 or better yet Windows 2000 (NT 5).

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

To properly display Unicode text for Indic scripts, Windows applications -
as Office 2000, Internet Explorer and Microsoft's rich text controls - rely
OpenType and Uniscribe. If you have questions about OpenType and Uniscribe
best place to ask is on the OpenType list  see: It would probably
also be
worth your while to read the OpenType specification 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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