RE: Is Windows 7 Notepad broken?

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue Jun 23 2009 - 12:46:35 CDT

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    Windows 7 does not support characters in any not-yet-released version of Unicode; and while Phoenician is in Unicode 5.1, it is not a script that we set out to support in Windows 7. Now, Notepad still ought to be able to display characters from the Egyptian Hieroglyphs or Phoenician blocks provided you select a font that supports those characters; I'm not sure why it isn't. All I can say is

    - These scenarios were not tested because we had no specific plans for supporting these scenarios.

    - There was some significant re-engineering done in the text stack that might have impacted such not-yet-supported-but-probably-works-anyways scenarios.

    - We'll look into what's happening.

    In the mean time, I have tried Phoenician in WordPad with the Code2001 font, and that displays OK, at least.


    From: [] On Behalf Of Saqqara
    Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 6:17 AM
    To: Unicode ML
    Subject: Is Windows 7 Notepad broken?

    Anyone else had problems with Notepad on Windows 7 RC build (7100)?

    Egyptian Hieroglyphs from upcoming 5.2 don't display for me. I also tried Phoenician and characters don't display there either. Not investigated any further yet to discover to what extent Unicode in SMP is broken in Notepad or whether the problem runs deeper.

    Notepad for goodness sake!

    Bob Richmond

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