From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 25 2003 - 14:20:44 EST
On 25/11/2003 10:26, Michael Everson wrote:
> At 09:51 -0800 2003-11-25, Peter Constable wrote:
>> My understanding is that Word for Mac in MS Office Mac versions since
>> Office 98 have used the same file format as Windows versions -- Word 97
>> and later. That means that Word for Mac can read files containing any
>> Unicode characters.
> It doesn't work. They seem always to get converted into underscores.
>> Input and rendering, however, are limited to legacy
>> codepages supported by the Mac OS. Thus, e.g. you should be able to work
>> with Chinese text (at least some Chinese characters), but you wouldn't
>> be able to work with Ethiopic text.
> I don't know about Chinese, but it appears that one is limited to
> WorldScript. Word hasn't been updated for Mac OS since 2001.
There has been a long running chorus of complaints about the lack of
support for Hebrew and Arabic in MS Office on the Mac, which is a
symptom of the lack of proper Unicode support. Microsoft and Apple seem
to blame one another. It seems likely that they will both lose and the
gain will be for U**x and OpenOffice. See for example
-- Peter Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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