typing Devanagari

McComas Taylor mccomas.taylor at ANU.EDU.AU
Wed Apr 29 23:48:50 UTC 2009

Dear Colleagues

When I need to create text on a Windows system with devanagari, I use 
Open Office, which is free.



Steven Lindquist wrote:
> Madhav is right and I forgot to mention that Microsoft Word for Mac is 
> not 100% unicode compliant (but many programs are).  Microsoft only 
> claims to be compatible with certain keyboards (I pasted below 
> Microsoft's unicode/keyboard statement).
> Based on the recommendation of several people, I will be transitioning 
> from Word to Mellel (http://www.redlers.com/) for this and other 
> reasons, unless anyone here could suggest a reason not to or a better 
> alternative.
> My best,
> Steven
> ---copied from:  http://tiny.cc/nsoAJ   "Unicode characters and 
> international keyboards" --
> Unicode is an encoding standard that can represent the characters of 
> most written languages with a single character set.
> In Office 2008, you can type, display, and print Unicode characters 
> that are associated with the following keyboards:
> Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Brazilian, British, Bulgarian, 
> Canadian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Dvorak, Estonian, Faroese, 
> Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, 
> Inuktitut, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian (FYROM), 
> Northern Sami, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, 
> Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Swiss French, Swiss 
> German, Turkish, U.S., Ukrainian, Unicode Hex Input, and Welsh.
> You can also use the following Mac OS X input methods: Hangul, 
> Kotoeri, Murasu Anjal Tamil, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
> On Apr 29, 2009, at 7:39 AM, Deshpande, Madhav wrote:
>> In my experience, the procedure described by Steven works on Mac OSX, 
>> but the MS Word (2008) does not fully support implimentation of 
>> unicode Devanagari, and hence the conjuncts do not show up properly.  
>> However, this procedure seems to work fine in Text-Edit, web browsers 
>> like Opera, and also i NeoOffice.  However, the MS Office for Mac is 
>> not yet supporting Devanagari.  If someone knows how to properly use 
>> unicode Devanagari with MS Word for Mac, I would like to know how to 
>> do it.  Best,
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> ________________________________________

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