Re: UTF-8 and browsers

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Mon Nov 02 1998 - 13:24:29 EST

On 11/2/98 12:32 AM, Kolbjørn A
(8?=aambo@ub.uio.noj=F8rn?==?iso-8859-1?Q?_?==?iso-8859-1?Q?Aamb=F8?) wrote:

>What you said can be interpreted as to entail that Apple has implemented
>enough Unicode
>support in 8.5 so it only remains for Netscape and Microsoft to take
>advantage of it in their
>browsers. Is that accurate? Or do they have to distribute an additional UCS
>Font etc.?

Apple doesn't currently ship a UCS font per se. One of the optional installs in Mac OS 8.5 is Multilingual Internet Access which gives you a suite of fonts to cover every character in all of Apple's LK's (except for Cyrillic, where licensing issues interfered).

Apple is hoping to ship a "big" font in the next OS release which covers characters not in any of the LK's.

Meanwhile, it is true that anyone wanting to support any Unicode outside of the portion included in Apple's LK's will have to switch from WorldScript to ATSUI for text drawing and provide their own font.

>Do I really have to buy Worldscript I to see Icelandic ETH, Thorn? It
>should suffice with support for
>Norwegian since these characters are used in Norway for the native Sami

You don't have to buy WorldScript 1 to see Icelandic characters.

John H. Jenkins

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