No RTL in the next version of Word for the Mac
Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:52 PM
I described to him some of the difficulties that we've discussed here many times regarding right to left support and importing unicode Hebrew into Word for the Mac. I asked him if any of this would be resolved in the next version of Word that is supposed to be released sometime next year.
Here's his response:
At present, it doesn't look as though right-to-left text rendering will
be in the next release of Mac Office. The reasons are somewhat
complicated to explain, but they stem from differences between Windows
and the Macintosh with respect to low-level APIs that provide
context-based glyph substitution and the ability to get glyph-based (as
opposed to character-based) measurements. At present, the only way we
can do RTL in Mac Word would break the line-layout compatibility between
Mac Word and Win Word.
This is really, really disappointing. I've been using Mellel a lot more lately, but I really miss some of the features I've grown used to in Word over the years. I guess if we were holding out hope that some of the RTL issues would be fixed with the next version of Word, we can forget it. I think it's shameful that the Windows version of Word can handle RTL and the Mac version can't--especially considering the Mac version has been around longer.
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Posted 29 October 2005 - 05:54 PM
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