RE: Ways to show Unicode contents on Windows?

From: Peter Constable <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:52:24 +0000

"... it is becoming more difficult to develop solutions for lesser used languages."

Well, starting in Windows 8 the languages you can configure for input number in the thousands, being limited only by text display capabilities. E.g., in Windows 8 you could configure Dyirbal as one of your languages. That's a huge step forward for lesser used / lesser known languages.


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From: Andrew Cunningham<>
Sent: 7/19/2013 5:21 AM
To: Richard Wordingham<>
Subject: Re: Ways to show Unicode contents on Windows?

Although writing an IME from scratch is beyond the skill set of a few of us.

Although there are text services framework table based IMEs. Although I did here a romour that support for those may disappear. Not sure if that is true or not.

But since Windows 8, it has become even more difficult to track what is happening in terms of input, esp since there are more input frameworks than there used to be.

One of the reasons I prefer using non-Microsoft tools for complex input requirements.

Microsoft typography team has done same very good work. But Microsoft is so large, things are becoming fragmented.

Interesting tools like locale builder were never maintained.

And it is becoming more difficult to develop solutions for lesser used languages.

It is the nature of the beast, not just an issue with Microsoft and Windows 8, but with internationalisatin support in many large projects.


On 19/07/2013 5:47 PM, "Richard Wordingham" <<>> wrote:
On Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:11:45 -0700
Ilya Zakharevich <<>> wrote:

> Just in case: do you realize that out-of-BMP must be specified via
> LIGATURES section?

Yes, for 'character' read UTF-16 code element. Even worse, you can't
use dead keys outside the BMP, which prevents one using MSKLC for
typing in natural language in cuneiform orthography. (Plain text
Egyptian is no more supported than is plain text calculus.) However,
I recall that one can use a simple IME instead.

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