From: Murray Sargent (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jan 30 2007 - 15:40:40 CST
You can get some of the background of the Office 2007 math facility in my blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/murrays). The linear format input language is defined in Unicode Technical Note #28 (http://www.unicode.org/notes/tn28/UTN28-PlainTextMath-v2.pdf). This technical note was produced using a beta version of Word 2007 and illustrates the beauty of the math layout. Our approach relies on Unicode's excellent support for mathematics and makes extensive use of the math alphabetics.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of John Hudson
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:55 PM
To: Ruszlan Gaszanov
Cc: 'Philippe Verdy'; 'Asmus Freytag'; email@example.com
Subject: MS Math layout (was: ZWJ, ZWNJ and VS in Latin and other Greek-derived scripts)
Ruszlan Gaszanov wrote:
> As for formula editors, I'm not sure about Open Office, but MS Word equation editor was written long before mathematical alphabets were encoded in Unicode. I'm not sure how it encodes the variables internally, but in any case, those variables are encoded as regular letters in PDF.
> I'm not sure if Microsoft is planning to rewrite their equation editor anytime soon, or are they going to use characters from mathematical alphabets if they do, but I know for sure that many users will be using current versions of MS Word for years from now for writing mathematical and technical texts among other things.
Point of information:
Office 2007 includes a completely new math layout handler, math input language, math font.
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