From: Petr Tomasek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Mar 21 2009 - 12:58:44 CST
On Sat, Mar 21, 2009 at 07:10:32PM +0100, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> > [mailto:email@example.com] De la part de Petr Tomasek
> > Envoyé : samedi 21 mars 2009 17:42
> > À : Unicode@unicode.org
> > Objet : Does OpenOffice 3.0 handle unicode?
> > Can someone, please, confirm whether the new version of
> > OpenOffice can handle unicode? OpenOffice 2.0 unfortunatelly
> > can handle only the BMP, while I need characters from the SMP.
> That's quite a stupid question: if OpenOffice can "handle" the BMP
> characters, it means that it "handles" Unicode.
OK, it was a little bit provocation from me, but hey, supporting only
BMP nowadays should be considered buggy behaviour.
> Appanretly you seem to ignore that OpenOffice was designed using Unicode as
> a goal, and using file formats that require the correct support of Unicode.
> This support has always been part of the file format specifications (that
> are based on XML files compressed within a zipped archive).
> I can perfectly open Chinese documents containing characters from the SIP,
> with OpenOffice (all versions, including those before 2.0).
"My" OpenOffice 2.0.4 (on linux) cannot handle anything but BMP.
If I copy text containign SMP characters onto OOo all I get are two "boxes".
(Which makes me think OpenOffice handles UTF-16 as it was UCS-2 internally,
or something like that...)
> This is not a problem of OpenOffice version but of support of the display of
> the characters and scripts (for complex scripts) in the system's or
> application's renderer.
AFAIK OpenOffice uses the ICU library on linux. Other programs build upon the ICU
(such as xetex) work without any problem with SMP characters.
> But if you don't have any font for those scripts you
> want to render and that are part of the SMP, all you'll get is a set of
> empty boxes.
Of course I have fonts installed and other programs on my system
(such as those based on Pango - www.pango.org) show them as expected.
> So, on the same system, if I can open a document containing non-BMP
> characters with MS Office, I can as well open it with OpenOffice (or Sun
On the same system I can open a document (in gedit e.g.) containing non-BMP
characters but cannot open it using OpenOffice.
So the conclusion: the OpenOffice is broken and what You wrote is quite stupid :)
-- Petr Tomasek <http://www.etf.cuni.cz/~tomasek> Jabber: firstname.lastname@example.org SIP: email@example.com
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