Dean Anderson dean_anderson at SACARI.ORG
Fri Nov 12 02:21:29 UTC 2004

I'm glad to hear that it does seem to work with Macs -- at least under
OS X. I confess I left the civilized Mac world for the barbaric Windows
wasteland some time back so I was only going by what I heard from other
Mac users.

Does it work with MS Word under OS X?

Perhaps they are not using OS X?


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Indology [mailto:INDOLOGY at] On Behalf Of
>Kengo Harimoto
>Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 7:23 PM
>Subject: Re: Devanagari
>> The reason I asked my original question was because it
>seemed best to
>> start at the most fundamental level in trying to solve the problem
>> with the Macs and then move "up" from there. This is at the level of
>> encoding. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the Sanskrit
>2003 font
>> is, technically speaking, not actually a "unicode" font because it
>> does not support the standard unicode language assignments for the
>> upper values. It takes advantage of the larger font size of the
>> unicode standard to overwrite other languages with Sanskrit
>> and then utilizes the widespread software support for the unicode
>> standard to display the characters in common programs. This
>is a good
>> solution and one we also used in the bad old days when we
>only had 256
>> slots available.
>I looked inside the Sanskrit 2003 and it is indeed to some degree true.
>  But it uses private/corporate use area of the unicode.  So,
>while it does not pollute the area meant for other scripts,
>documents prepared with Sanskrit 2003 in mind will not work
>without that font.  This does not seem very good.
>> The reason I mention all of this is that the problem with
>Macs may be
>> due to the Mac also using some of those higher values for
>Mac "special
>> characters" that don't correspond to the PC/Linux values. This was
>> something we had to watch out for in the early days as well.
>Does it suffice to say that the document prepared on my Mac
>looks fine on my PC as well (except for the fact that Windows
>demands LF/CR for line ending :)?  Document encodings and
>rendering of  the data (where fonts are involved) appear to be
>very well separated, following the spirit of unicode on both
>Windows and OS X.  Let us hope that people will not start
>using "special" fonts.
>I actually do not see the Mac problem here.   The only major problem
>would be that OS X does not support rendering using OpenType
>font very well yet.
>Oh, I again was only talking about OS X native apps.  Classic
>Mac OS or Carbon apps, including MS Word, is entirely a
>different issue.
>kengo harimoto

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