Re: How to write Armenian ligatures?

From: John Hudson (
Date: Sat Nov 24 2007 - 15:11:16 CST

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    Andrew West wrote:

    > I suspect that it is not Notepad per se that is doing this, but Uniscribe.

    Yes, it is Uniscribe, but the point is that Notepad -- unlike Word or even WordPad --
    exposes all the default shaping that Uniscribe provides for non-complex scripts, including
    support for the <liga> feature.

    > Generally speaking, on Windows, plain text editors that support
    > Unicode are limited in what OT features they support by the version of
    > Uniscribe that is on the user's system.

    Yes, but applications can select what calls to make to Uniscribe, and either the
    application or an intermediary library such as OTLS needs to define glyph runs and to make
    decisions about what features Uniscribe should apply. This is why different apps using
    Uniscribe produce different layout behaviour for the same character string set in the same

    John Hudson

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