Special Letters?

Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) raster at openmoko.org
Mon Jul 21 21:31:48 CEST 2008

On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:48:43 +0530 Gora Mohanty <gora at sarai.net> babbled:

> On Tue, 22 Jul 2008 04:40:11 +1000
> Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) <raster at openmoko.org> wrote:
> > On Mon, 21 Jul 2008 15:18:37 +0200 Ole Holm Frandsen <froksen at gmail.com>
> > babbled:
> > 
> > > Sounds great that it will be possible to create better support for  
> > > Danish and other "non-english" languages. Does anyone know when the  
> > > SVN build might become "stabile"?
> > > But there is no way at the moment du fix this issue?
> [...]
> > nb - for asian languages (traditional or simplified chinese by zuhin or
> > pinyin, you will need ALSO an input method handler like uim, scim, kinput
> > etc. etc.).
> [...]
> This sounds great. What is the level of OpenType support? Are complex text
> layout (CTL) languages like Indian languages, and Thai supported? Is this
> true of just the FreeRunner, or also of the Neo 1973?

i cant speak for gtk and qt - for EFL, it uses freetype and fontconfig
(optional). it treats text as a string going from left to right with chars that
advance to the right. the amount they advance is based on the advance of the
character drawn and any kerning adjustments (it supports kerning) beyond that,
nothing else is done. if this covers thai and indian scripts... i don't know. i
dont speak read or write any. for languages i do know (that is east-asian -
japanese, chinese (and i know by experience korean ie hangul) and all regular
left-to-right languages (latin-based european ones, greek, cyrillic(russian)
etc.) work just fine. 

> Input methods can be handled. Even xkb can be coerced into providing basic
> support for most non-English languages.
> Regards,
> Gora
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Carsten Haitzler (The Rasterman) <raster at openmoko.org>

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