Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Lao Font for OS X

Thanks to John Durdin a new free Lao font is now available. Saysettha MX, which includes Regular, Bold, Oblique, and Bold Oblique versions, is an OpenType font designed especially for optimal display in OS X apps. For full info and links to download the font and a keyboard layout, go to the OS X Section of John's Laoscript site.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Typing Equations and Formulas

While not exactly a "language," the special characters and formatting needed to input mathematical and other equations and formulas can present challenges at least as difficult as a complex Unicode script. Often the only way to get satisfactory display is to compose the equation in a special editor and then save it as pdf and paste into your word processor. Here are some examples of such editors that can be used with OS X:

+Grapher (in Applications/Utilities, Window > Show Equation Palette)

+AppleWorks (if you have it -- Edit/Insert Equation)


+MathType (30 days free trial, then becomes "Lite" version)

+Online LaTex (Use FireFox)

+MathMagic (30 days free trial)