Macintosh: October 2007 Archives

Arial Unicode Coming to OSX 10.5 (Leopard)


It's kind of buried, but the OS X release that the Microsoft fonts Arial Unicode, Tahoma, Microsoft Sans and others will now be shipping on the Mac.

This is a good sign that Apple is moving towards full interoperability with Windows OTF fonts (at the recent IUC 31 conference, they said OTF support for Arabic was complete).

And also, it's good to have Arial Unicode as a test font since that's what's what's on the Windows platform. I have installed older versions of Arial Unicode on the Mac for testing purposes before, but it never did work quite right.

Mac is also promising other international enhancements including Braille support, true Persian support, Tibetan and Kazakh, expanded character palettes and as well as expanded Chinese, Korean and Japanese support


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