South Asian: June 2011 Archives

i18n Enhancements Announced for Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion)


They're kind of scattered, but it looks like the next version of Mac OSX will be bringing lots of good enhancements for those working outside of English.

Asian Fonts and Text Input

Support for many scripts from South Asia has been lagging behind Windows, so I am personally pleased to see fonts for Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, Telugu and Sinhala being added (especially since I took 12 credits of Sinhala back in the day). New fonts for Tamil, Devanagari, Gujarati and Urdu are also scheduled to be added as well as for Lao, Khmer and Myanmar.

Those working with East Asian languages should be able to access improved utilities for Chinese (filtering by tones, ordering radical/stroke), Japanese Kotoeri and Vietnamese (old and new orthography). The Chinese handwriting recognition software is also scheduled to include more support for Simplified Chines and Roman characters. Finally, Apple announced that Lion will support vertical text (typing and display)

Everyone will also be able to a new color emoji font.

In Safari

Improvements for Safari included:

  • Math ML support in Safari
  • Improved CSS3 support including vertical text, East Asian emphasis, auto hyphenation

Non-English Accessibility

Accessibility options for those not using 100% English are not available include Voiceover speech in 23 languages and expanded Braille options.


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