Re: Unicode 5.1, Egyptian Transliteration, and Fonts

From: Justin Kerk (
Date: Fri Dec 07 2007 - 03:20:13 CST

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    Saqqara wrote:
    > I used a test font on Windows XP (by far the most prevalent OS, currently,
    > with Egyptologists) to see if ligatures were applied by software with i/I
    > and U+0486, the results were:
    > WordPad - yes, Notepad - yes, Microsoft Word - yes; WordPerfect - yes;
    > OpenOffice Writer 2.3 - NO.
    > FireFox 2, Safari, Internet Explorer 7 - NO.
    > For some reason the browsers (and OpenOffice) are not applying the ligature
    > defined in the (TrueType) font and one can conjecture that this may be due
    > to the Script value. Certainly until this is changed to 'Inherited' it would
    > not be totally unreasonable for software authors to limit combining/ligature
    > behaviour to Cyrillic.
    > I hope developers of these applications subscribe to the list so perhaps we
    > can be informed on the rationale behind the current situation for OpenOffice
    > and the browsers.

    You might try testing with the beta version of Firefox 3
    (, it has significant
    changes to the way text is handled and should take better advantage of
    Uniscribe's capabilities than 2.0 did.

    -Justin Kerk

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