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Bidirectional Text in Mozilla

Wednesday December 8th, 1999

IBM has announced that they are fronting an effort to get bidirectional text into Mozilla, and along the way dealing with issues such as Arabic glyph-shaping. They are currently working on some docs that will be posted in the newsgroups soon. In the meantime, you can read the announcement.


#8 Gods, anything but TrueDoc!

by leafdigital

Friday December 10th, 1999 9:58 AM

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Though I think we desperately need a new font solution, TrueDoc ain't it. (Buggy, crap system anyway, proprietary.)

Microsoft/Adobe's "OpenType" (which isn't very :), as supported in IE, is actually pretty good, though not ideal.

Adobe are planning an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) plug-in, once the W3C standard is announced, which will include support for proper typography as part of the vector-graphics support. This looks fairly promising as a partial solution (fonts in regular HTML are needed too, thanks!), but it's still vapourware: see <http://www.adobe.com/web/features/svg/>

Of course it would be preferable to see SVG included within browsers rather than needing a plug-in... Anyone working on this for Mozilla?

--sam