Mac Questions

From: Suzanne Topping (
Date: Fri Oct 06 2000 - 11:30:40 EDT

Hello all,

I'm hoping some of you out there can fill me in on character support in Mac

After combing various Mac/Apple sites, it appears that:

--MacOS 8.6, 9.0, and the upcoming X are all Unicode Enabled.

--MacOS 7.1 up until 8.6 supported double-byte character systems via
WorldScript II.

--Prior to 7.1 there was some other method for supporting characters.

My questions are:

1) Did Unicode ennoblement replace WorldScript functionality, or is
WorldScript II still in the picture somehow?

2) Does anyone have a source of info. on double-byte handling prior to
version 7.1?

3) Is there some common industry handling for backward compatibility when
building Japanese Mac applications now? If there is a need for an
application to work on post 7.1 systems and 9.0 systems, is there a
workaround, or are two versions of the application needed?

Thanks for any clarification that you can provide!


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flames and sink into a good book. (John Sinor)

Suzanne Topping
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Phone: 716-473-0791

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