RE: New MS Mac Office and Unicode?

From: Mustafa Jabbar (
Date: Wed Jan 14 2004 - 03:12:54 EST

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    At 08:01 AM 14-01-04, Han-Yi Shaw wrote:
    >Indeed, as many of you have already heard from our public announcement
    >last week, my team has indeed been hard at work making Office for
    >Macintosh into a Unicode-throughout suite of applications. Following our
    >public announcement, we have seen an overwhelmingly positive response from
    >our international and multilingual user base concerning our long awaited
    >Unicode support. Since much of this is now public information, allow me
    >to share it with you as well.
    >As noted below, Office 2004 for Macintosh will support the input, display,
    >and basic editing of Unicode characters associated with the following
    >keyboards (tentative list):
    >Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, Canadian,
    >Catalan, Cherokee, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian,
    >Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German,
    >Greek, Korean, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Inuktitut, Irish, Italian,
    >Japanese, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Northern Sami,
    >Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Serbian-Latin, Slovak,
    >Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss German, Turkish,
    >Ukrainian, Welsh.
    >Input of the above languages will also be supported through the following
    >system-level Unicode input methods: Unicode Hex Input, US Extended, and
    >the Character Palette. Additionally, along with Unicode versions of such
    >Roman fonts as Times New Roman and Japanese fonts as MS Mincho/PMincho,
    >Office 2004 for Macintosh will deliver vastly improved layout
    >compatibility and character fidelity with Office for Windows.
    >Program Manager | Word: mac; International Program Manager | Office: mac
    >Macintosh Business Unit | Redmond, WA
    >Microsoft Corporation
    >-----Original Message-----
    >From: [] On
    >Behalf Of Deborah Goldsmith
    >Sent: Monday, January 12, 2004 11:03 AM
    >To: Tom Gewecke
    >Subject: Re: New MS Mac Office and Unicode?
    >On Jan 6, 2004, at 11:48 AM, Tom Gewecke wrote:
    > > MS Mac Office 2004 was announced at MacWorld SF today. Does anyone
    > > know
    > > whether this update finally brings the Unicode capabilities of the
    > > WinXP
    > > version to the Mac OS X world?
    >I can now tell you that Mac Office 2004 does offer enhanced support for
    >Unicode, in that it can input, edit, and display Unicode characters
    >that are not part of any Mac OS legacy character set. I can't say yet
    >to what extent the various components of Office support complex shaping
    >behavior or bidirectional scripts (e.g., Arabic, Thai, Hindi), because
    >I don't know. However, at the very least you will see access to
    >expanded CJK repertoires, and access to languages like Icelandic and
    >Mac Office 2004 will also include fonts with larger repertoires than
    >previous versions of Mac Office.
    >Here are some highlights from the PR information I received:
    >- Can input, print, and display more than 30 languages
    >- Larger font repertoires (e.g., Arial 296 glyphs -> 1192, MS Mincho
    >~9000 glyphs -> 16,031)
    >- Japanese fonts included (MS P Mincho and Gothic)
    >I've been told more details will be discussed in the coming months
    >before MS Mac Office 2004 is released. Perhaps some of the Microsoft
    >folks on this list can add more details? :-)
    >Deborah Goldsmith
    >Manager, Fonts / Unicode liaison
    >Apple Computer, Inc.
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