Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OS X 10.7 Lion Adds Major New Language Capabilities

New OS and App localizations: Arabic, Czech, Hungarian, and Turkish. These bring the total to 22.

New languages supported with both fonts and keyboards: Bangla, Georgian, Kannada, Khmer, Kurdish, Malayalam, Myanmar, Oriya, Sinhala, Telugu, Urdu. These have about 600 million speakers all together.

New languages/scripts supported with fonts only: Ethiopic/Amharic, Lao, Emoji

New languages supported via voices: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish. These must be downloaded separately.

New Spellcheckers: None

Other new features: Support for vertical text in TextEdit, access to accented characters via a pop-up dialogue when you hold down a character, improved Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese input methods, British English modules in Dictionary.app, support for Windows Indic fonts in TextEdit.

14 comments:

Davki said...

Thank you as always for letting us know. Any news on the Syriac side?

michel said...

Tom,
I really appreciate your French-Canadian keyboard - the first link on this page: http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2009/11/three-keyboards-for-canadian-french.html

I use it continually, it saved my Mac from obsolescence! But can you see if it's still usable with Lion?

Cheers,
Michel

Tom Gewecke said...

michel -- sorry, I don't know when I will be able to test that. But normally there is no reason that a keyboard layout would stop working in Lion.

michel said...

Tom, I don't see any reason either... except that when I upgraded to Leopard, the FC Keyboard 0.9 (the one that was included in System 9) didn't work anymore with my favorite dictionary, Antidote. Go figure! I still don't know if it depends on OS X, or on the Antidote developers not applying all the rules. Anyway, they couldn't provide any help, and your keyboard was my lifesaver! Thanks again. Perhaps some other user can test the keyboard with Lion? Anybody?

Tom Gewecke said...

It was just pure luck that any OS 9 keyboard ever worked in OS X. They are totally different animals.

Anonymous said...

The system 9 keyboard might rely on Rosetta for PPC, dropped in Lion?
Chris Thompson

Tom Gewecke said...

Chris -- I think system 9 keyboards stopped working in 10.5 Leopard already (as michel said for his).

anon said...

I am having trouble getting half form characters in Devanagari - (halant). These ran correctly in an earlier version. Thank you for your advice.

Tom Gewecke said...

anon -- please email me a screenshot in large font size showing examples of the problem you are seeing (tom at bluesky dot org).

Greg said...

I’m not sure if anyone has noticed but non-AAT Unicode fonts of South Asian scripts now seem to work fine with Lion. For example the only Devanagari fonts that would work before was Apples Devanagari MT however now Sanskrit 2003 works just fine.

I think this is a major step forward that Lion allows for the use of both AAT and non-AAT Unicode fonts of complex scripts.

Tom Gewecke said...

Greg -- Wow, that is something new! But it seems to be only in TextEdit, not in Pages/Keynote or OpenOffice or TextWrangler for example. Nisus Writer does work.

Greg said...

Tom you are correct it seems only to work with Textedit (I don’t have Nisus Writer), someone should check Mellel also. Of course MS Word and Excel also still do not work.

Geez Online said...

On average, the new languages supported with both fonts and keyboards have each a little less than 60 million speakers. Amharic is the official language of a country that has 85 million people and it is supported only with fonts. Should it not be fair to support it with keyboard as well? Thanks.

Tom Gewecke said...

Geez Online -- Of course Apple should provide an Amharic font. To tell them you want this, go to

http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

and in the meantime see

http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2011/01/font-and-keyboard-layout-for-amharic.html