From: Andrew Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 27 2002 - 10:25:28 EDT
--- Paul Rohr <email@example.com> wrote: > Even
without using the Bidi build, I'd say the
> results are quite promising.
> Some preliminary conclusions:
> 1. Content in over 20 languages Just Works. Those
> languages have ispell
> dictionaries, and given a good enough font (in this
> case, the Times New
> Roman that ships with NT 4.0) they render cleanly.
> 2. Content in another 8 languages also renders
> cleanly. It might be worth
> doing some evangelizing to recruit folks to create
> ispell dictionaries for
> those languages so they Just Work too.
> 3. I was unable to test another 7 languages that do
> have ispell
> dictionaries, because I couldn't find a UTF-8
> translation of the Unicode
> motto. However, given the encoding limitations of
> ispell, I'd be willing to
> bet that most of them Just Work too.
I just posted a few messages to Usenet asking for
translations so maybe we'll get some more (:
> 4. Likewise, I was unable to test another 2
> languages that we currently
> have translators for -- Indonesian (id-ID) and Welsh
> (cy-GB). Neither
> appeared on other Unicode test pages.
> bottom line
> If you're keeping track at home, that's a total of
> approximately 35 (!!)
> languages that already work, out of the box, on our
> stock build.
> I'm incredibly thrilled about this, because it means
> that the primary
> remaining obstacles for users of those languages
> - finishing the UI (and help) localizations,
> - finding or creating suitable fonts,
> - finding or creating suitable dictionaries,
> - mastering the input mechanisms for that
> language, and
> - confirming that printing works.
> Note that three of these are "data issues". The
> main coding obstacles would
> be any remaining glitches in the I/O stuff (typing
> and printing) ... and
> that's what Bugzilla is for!
> Kudos to all the i18n coders -- Henrik, Vlad, HJ,
> Tomas, Yaacov, Andrew, et
> al -- whose excellent work to date is now paying
> PS: Remember, I made zero effort to:
> - locate other fonts, or
> - try the BiDi build,
> so our "real" levels of support are probably even
> higher. Anyone interested
> in extending the Win32 test? If so, please update
> the document
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