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Is Microsoft conquering the world?! (Re: Orthographies with lotsa diacritics)

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, May 27, 2000, 20:56
As I watch my Astros prepare to beat the Braves (Rocker sux), Kristian

>I was just surfing the web and found a site that claims to have >fonts for the whole world: > >
Awesome! I've been looking for a site like that. But I got some scary news, and yes it concerns the evil empire known as Microsoft. I asked a while ago if anybody had Unicode fonts for Indic scripts, and if anybody had the Arial Unicode font. Well folks, anybody with uses Windows 95 and better, you can get this HUGE (21 meg, 13 zipped as a .exe file) for free. Not to mentioned a few more. Go to and visit the Download Center, do a keyword search in Windows 95/98/NT 4.0/2000, using the keyword "font". You can then download Arial Unicode MS, and also a bunch of other popular MS fonts in their latest version (most can work with Cent. European, Greek, Cyrillic, Baltic and Turkish), and these are good fonts -- like Book Antiqua, Haettenschweiler, Garamond, Verdana, Comic Sans and Tw Cent (the font used for the logo for the board game Monopoly, another favorite classic). They are there just so that anybody that has Office 97 or any of its components can upgrade their fonts to accomodate the Euro currency symbol (€, or C with = superimposed). Even though they're supposed to be installed alongside Office 97/2000 and Publisher 98/2000, you do NOT have to have any kind of Office, Publisher, Word, Excel or anything. These fonts are free for the download, no strings attached. Also, if you search under Windows 95 (not the others), you can download Tahoma32.exe, which is Tahoma and Tahoma Bold 2.60. These fonts are pretty ample, and it's a nice compact and readable sans serif font which I prefer far over Arial or MS Sans Serif. It comes complete with Latin-1, Latin Extended-A (Pan-European), Greek (modern), Cyrillic (the "Russian 32" characters plus extras for Serbian, Makedonian, Bulgarian, Ukranian and Belarussian), a few Cyrillic extensions (the Ukranian "true ge", with upturned topbar, Azeri ticked letters, and other Central Asian usages, Hebrew, Arabic plus Persian additions, and Thai. (Then you got extended punctuation, mathematical, dingbats, box/block symbols...) Arial Unicode MS, on the other hand is one scary mama. You can use it as a pan-Asian font since it contains all the characters for Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese. (If you use IE5, you can install Asian language support for one, two, three or all of these, which come with specifically-created fonts -- this takes more hard drive space, but these are smaller fonts individually; GulimChe, used for Korean, is only about 6 meg and the others are smaller. If you use Netscape, you gotta download Bitstream Cyberbit from their FTP trees at Arial Unicode supplants -- by a mile and a half -- Lucida Sans Unicode. It contains all Latin (Latin-1, Latin Ext. A and B, and Latin Additional), Greek (plus Coptic!) and Greek Extended, Cyrillic and Cyrillic Extended (now you're dealing with everything from Abkhaz to Yakut), Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Arabic Extended and Arabic Presentation Forms(and now you got Urdu retroflexes, Pashto letters and even the HUGE abjad used for Sindhi), Devanagari (YES, FINALLY!!), Bengali, Gurmukhi (used for Punjabi spoken by Sikhs as opposed to Muslim Punjabi), Oriya, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, Tibetan, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese precomposed (see Latin Additional), and Georgian (YES, FINALLY AGAIN!!). I mean, this has every single character in the Unicode 2.1 database. (Could a Unicode 3 font be in the works?! ¿Could we be seeing Syriac, Sinhala, Khmer, Ge'ez, Cherokee and Canadian Syllabics before too long?) By the way, if you have Arial Unicode MS plus the fonts provided with installed East Asian support, like GulimChe, MS Song, MingLiu, you can set Arial Unicode as your proportional font and one of the others for monospace. By the way, I am in NO WAY affiliated with Microsoft, Inc. I'm just a font nut. DaW. ________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at