RE: New MS Mac Office and Unicode?

From: Han-Yi Shaw (
Date: Wed Jan 14 2004 - 18:11:38 EST

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    Theoretically the answer is yes as long as there aren't any specific
    layout requirements. It's important to make the distinction between
    Unicode text rendering and complex script layout. Having the former
    doesn't necessarily entail the later. :)


    -----Original Message-----
    From: John Hudson []
    Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 2:30 PM
    To: Han-Yi Shaw
    Cc: Peter Kirk;
    Subject: RE: New MS Mac Office and Unicode?

    At 01:15 PM 1/14/2004, Han-Yi Shaw wrote:

    >Similar to Apple's Lucida Grande, many of our updated Office fonts now
    >include Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement, Latin Extended-A, Greek,
    >Cyrillic, and Latin Extended Additional characters, etc. For example,
    >the version of Times New Roman that shipped with Office X only included
    >296 characters. In Office 2004, the same font now has 1,176

    Han-Yi, I think you and Peter are talking past each other. Perhaps a
    of examples will clarify things:

    If I have a Word document in a LTR script that does not require any
    layout for typical text, but which is not on your tentative list of
    supported keyboards -- say Ogham or Runic -- using a Unicode encoded OT
    font that I can install on Mac OS, will Mac Office correctly display

    If I make my own keyboard driver using Apple's new XML-based keyboard
    tools, will Mac Office recognise this keyboard and allow me to input
    Unicode text using it?

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

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