Date: Wed Apr 11 2007 - 03:32:51 CST
At the risk of being shot down in flames, as a Linux user I could
suggest an answer -- one might describe Unicode support for a OS as
the proportion of software that supports certain advanced features of
Unicode out of the box. What is advanced changes with time. Regarding
software the unicode supoort of the out of the box text editor, word
processor, web browser, spread sheet and terminal is what I would
usually look at first. When Mac OS updates then tend to update across
the board, which means it always scores well on such criteria. Windows
does not seem to do across the board updates, I am not sure why this
is. The same could also be said of Linux, the cause being that Linux
has many independent developers.
Back in 2002 a good criteria was surrogate support at which point in
time all the main applications on Mac OS supported surrogates, the
same could not be said for Windows or Linux.
Other criteria one could use are support for variation selectors, or
stacking diacritics. On windows one could also add which criteria
which applications support fall back fonts.
Quoting Peter Constable <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> On Behalf Of Marnen Laibow-Koser
>> Also, Mac OS X probably has
>> the best Unicode support of any OS out there
> I'm curious: how would you describe "the best Unicode support of any
> OS out there"?
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