RE: Yoruba Keyboard

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 00:11:54 CDT

> Will Microsoft licence [the Doulos SIL font] from SIL to distribute it
with Windows or
> Internet Explorer updates?


> Or will Microsoft enhance its core fonts (Arial, Verdana, Tahoma,
> New
> Roman, Courier) to include more composition rules in order to support
> standardized language?


> Also consistent and conforming support of UTF-8 for characters out of
> BMP is
> awaiting since long (more than 5 years now, since the adoption of
> in
> China, long before the launch of Windows 2000, ME, XP, 2003, Media
> and
> Pocket CE).

I think you need to check some facts. Five years would be May 1999;
GB18030 wasn't published until March 2000. I believe the character
repertoire of GB18030:2000 was that of Unicode 3.0, and did not include
characters that are now encoded in the supplementary planes of the UCS.
Supplementary-plane characters were not part of Unicode until version
3.1, which was published May 2001 (three years ago). Windows XP was well
along in development by these dates (I believe it shipped in 2001),
nevertheless many things were done to implement support
supplementary-plane characters in that product -- all the infrastructure
needed is there.

Peter Constable

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