From: Murray Sargent (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Nov 24 2007 - 10:13:16 CST
Andrew West notes: "on Windows ... it is Uniscribe that is responsible for supporting various OT features, not text editors directly."
This is true, but for a text editor to benefit from Uniscribe's default ligature processing, the text editor has to choose to glyph the text runs using Uniscribe, a choice often not done with Latin text. Vista's NotePad does choose to glyph all text, and hence displays default Latin ligatures if they exist in the current font. While this is indeed an elegant choice, it slows down the display of large ASCII data files considerably. In fact ironically enough, one is better off using WordPad for viewing such simple, but large files on Vista, since WordPad (currently anyhow) doesn't glyph Latin text. NotePad's use of Uniscribe apparently isn't optimal and it's conceivable that its performance could be improved significantly.
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