Re: Does OpenOffice 3.0 handle unicode?

From: Adam Twardoch (
Date: Tue Mar 24 2009 - 02:57:34 CST

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    Christopher Fynn wrote:
    > Huh? - From what I've seen, most fonts for *complex scripts* (which is
    > what I think we were talking about in this thread) still seem to be
    > OpenType TT flavoured.

    Complex scripts were not the primary issue here. The point I was trying
    to make is that whenever someone says "Unicode compatibility", they
    often mean something else: "global text support". Unicode/ISO 10646 is
    one component, along with support of the OpenType/ISO 14496-22 font
    format support (both flavors). Support for advanced layout, necessary
    for complex scripts, and typically done through OpenType Layout (but
    also by AAT and Graphite) is another requirement. Only a combination

    As OpenOffice does not currently support one of the two OpenType flavors
    at all, this presents a big obstacle in when it comes to global text
    support. I did not say OpenOffice did not support PostScript-flavored
    fonts for complex scripts, because that, indeed, would have been just a
    nuisance since, as you point out, most complex-script fonts are released
    in TrueType-flavored OpenType. But OpenOffice does not support
    PostScript-flavored fonts at all, and those present the majority of
    commercial fonts released today (albeit they mostly only cover the
    Latin, Cyrillic and Greek alphabets to varying extent).

    Adam Twardoch
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