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This chart lists various versions of Uniscribe (usp10.dll), what software they were distributed with and some
of the complex scripts they support.
Replacing your Uniscribe
Updating your version of Uniscribe is not recommended by Microsoft. However, if you need to update your
version of Uniscribe (to provide updated script support) these instructions may prove helpful to you.
Microsoft VOLT UI Overview
This document is to provide an overview and understanding of the VOLT menus and UI.
Microsoft VOLT Tutorial (VOLT –
Visual OpenType Layout Tool)
VOLT is Microsoft’s tool for adding OpenType tables to fonts. It provides a graphical UI that enables a
person to visualize what is going to happen with the substitutions and positioning lookups when they are
created. VOLT also includes a proofing tool that permits the functionality of the font to be tested without
having to install the font in the system.
OpenOffice 3.2 uses SIL Graphite software! This project integrates the Graphite smart font rendering engine
for complex non-roman scripts and writing systems into OpenOffice.org, the well-known cross-platform FLOSS
Graphite is a project under development within SIL’s Non-Roman Script Initiative and Language Software
Development groups to provide rendering capabilities for complex non-Roman writing systems on the Windows
Graphite: Frequently Asked
What is Graphite? How does Graphite differ from OpenType? How can I make a Graphite font? And more...
Download fonts that can be used to try out the Graphite rendering engine.
WorldPad 2.14 Release
WorldPad is a basic text editor whose main distinction is the ability to display text in complex scripts
using Graphite, a programmable rendering engine particularly suited to complex minority scripts.
Building OpenOffice 2.0.0 from
source with Graphite support
How to apply the Graphite support patches to OpenOffice.org
Character set encoding
In understanding technologies for working with multilingual and multi-script text data, we need to start with
an understanding of character encoding. Systems for working with text involve a collection of processes that
work together—processes for creating and editing text, presenting it, for sorting, for laying out paragraphs
and wrapping at line breaks, etc. Character encoding is the thing that ties all of these processes
Computer systems employ a wide variety of character encodings. The most important of these for us is Unicode.
It is also important for us to understand other encodings, however, and how they relate to Unicode. In this
section, I want to look at some basic concepts that relate to all encodings, and also give an overview of
legacy encodings and their importance for us.
XSEM: XML Scripture Encoding
The XML Scripture Encoding Model (XSEM), an SIL project, is a markup language that conforms to the Extensible
Markup Language (XML) version 1.0 standard. On this page you will find information about the model and the
Character Encoding Choices in
This article discusses options available to users for how their data can be encoded in Paratext 6, and looks
at pros and cons of those options.
This document examines how Windows 95 handles multi-lingual computing. It looks at Languages, Codepages,
Locales, Unicode and Fonts with particular reference to their support in Windows 95.
An alternative title for this document might be: “How to add a new script to Windows 95 and fail”.
Adding Graphite and AAT to a Font
PDF Creation — Making PDFs and Booklets for Free.
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