(Fwd) Re: UPA accepted into Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Sun Jul 14 10:19:15 UTC 2002


Kazuto Matsumura <kmatsum at tooyoo.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp> wrote:

> Dear Michael and all,
> > Lots and lots of people don't have IPA fonts.
> If you are using Windows 2000/XP or Mac OSX, most IPA
> symbols are available. These operating systems should
> support the Unicord Standard 3.0, if I am not mistaken,
> as far as IPA symbols and Latin/Cyrillic characters are
> concerned. Many of the IPA symbols are also present in
> the earlier versions of the major operating systems.
> Try and look for the font named Lucida Sans Unicode if
> you are a Windows user, for example.
> So with the Unicode font Michael promises not available
> at the moment, the practical problem is how to avail
> yourself of the Unicode recourses that come with the
> standard operating systems.
> If you are interested, two soft keyboards for the Unicode
> are being developed at our department: the one I am
> using is a Tcl script and the other is written in Java.
> Both of these tools should work on Mac, too.
> I am fairly satisfied with the current version of our Tcl
> keyboard tool in my Win 2000 environment. It has keyboards
> for IPA, Saami, Cyrillic, Slavonic, Greek, Chukchi-
> Kamchatkan etc. It's very easy to switch between different
> keyboards.
> In addition, If you learn a bit of Tcl syntax like I did,
> you can add your own subset of Unicode characters to the
> menu as a keyborad of its own. Actually, IPA, Saami (Latin)
> and Old Cyrillic keyboards are my own additions.
> They are free, but you will have to install Tcl and Java
> in your PC unless you already have them.
> If you are impatient and want to try these tools, please
> let me know. I will ask the authors if they allow the tools
> to be used by outside people before they are "officially"
> publicized in November (^^)
> Kazuto Matsumura
> Tokyo
> PS We've found a couple of Cyrillic-based characters used
> in Chukchi-Kamchatkan languages are missing from the Unicode
> Standard.
[original message omitted]
> --
> Kazuto Matsumura
> kmatsum at tooyoo.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp
> http://plaza3.mbn.or.jp/~kmatsum/
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