RE: Myanmar Script (1000-109F)

From: John Hudson (
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 09:08:17 EDT

At 01:09 AM 10/20/2000 -0800, Myanmar Triumph International Ltd. wrote:

>1. I'm trying to form a National Myanmar Unicode compliant Character/font
Set for various platforms but starting from Linux.

There are a few things you should look at. One is the Linux FreeType
project at

The FreeType team are currently working at adding complex script support,
which will most likely mirror handling of Unicode shaping rules as
implemented by Windows Uniscribe (and, I presume, Apple ATSUI). Unless
applications are going to handle shaping independently of the OS, you need
to look at ways of leveraging complex script support through text
processing APIs and engines. For Linux this will probably involve FreeType,
for Windows it will involve Uniscribe; both will involve OpenType fonts or
similar 'smart font' technology.

For more information on the Windows implementation, see my article at

which includes some Devanagari and Arabic examples.

Shaping behaviour for Burmese has not been added to Uniscribe yet.

John Hudson

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