Computers & Writing Systems
This page is now obsolete and remains here for historical purposes. The new page is at: https://software.sil.org/teckit/
Here is where the current version of TECkit can be obtained.
New version 2.5.10, released 13 May 2020
This release updates the supported character repertoire to Unicode 13, for purposes of character name lookup in the compiler, and Unicode normalization support.
The TECkit package is copyright ©2002-2020 SIL International. It is being made available as free software but without any warranty; see the license for more information.
Source code and additional downloads
The TECkit source code is available from GitHub at https://github.com/silnrsi/teckit. Additional downloads for technical users are at https://github.com/silnrsi/teckit/releases. The code is expected to compile and run on typical Unix/Linux systems using standard ./configure && make && make install commands.
Overview of TECkit package:
Further documentation is included in the Windows release archive.
Paper on encoding conversion issues:
Tools, libraries, documentation, and samples are included in the .zip archive. Command line tools are teckit_compile.exe, txtconv.exe, and sfconv.exe.
TECkit version 2.5.6 released 23 August 2016 is the last version to contain DropTEC.exe and TECkit Mapping Editor.exe.
Ubuntu Linux release
Version 2.5.10 for currently supported releases of Ubuntu Linux can be downloaded from http://packages.sil.org/. The PDF documentation is not in the Linux package, Linux users should obtain the PDF files from the Windows release.
macOS (used to be called Mac OS X) release
Disk image for macOS containing the TECkit libraries and Unix command-line tools (teckit_compile, txtconv, sfconv) and documentation.
Installer package for version 2.5.1. This release includes both PowerPC and Intel x86 code as "fat" libraries and executables. The programs are compiled on Mac OS X 10.4, but are expected to work on 10.3.9 or later versions.
MacOS 8/9 release
Tools only (see Windows package for documentation and sample files) (23 Oct 2002):
For users of Perl 5.8 on Linux and Windows, or Perl 5.10 on Windows, there are bundles that will install the binary module without the need for compilation. Unpack the .zip file and run perl Install.PL and the module will be installed if newer than that you have installed.
Encore2Unicode is a command-line utility for Windows that can examine a font built using the Encore font system and create a draft TECkit mapping table for converting data using that font to (and back from) Unicode.
Note that Encore2Unicode will not work with any other fonts than those built using the Encore font system, version 3. It is also important to note that the mapping tables created are only drafts, and must be carefully reviewed before being entrusted with important data.
Further information is in the zip file or self-extracting archive available below, together with the utility itself and a set of data files that it requires.
Microsoft Word support
Note: the opinions expressed in submitted contributions below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of our website.
"Hugh Paterson", Sun, Feb 5, 2017 15:03 (EST)
I notice that you have changed OS X to read as macOS throughout your site. I would like to promote a word of caution in how the terms are used. As far as I understand OS X is still the correct terminology to use for referring Apple's main operating system prior to version 10.12. So, as far as I understand macOS only refers to OS 10.12 and newer. Have you recently tested teckit to work on macOS? I was involved in the testing of previous versions, but have not personally tested it on 10.12. I hope it works.
- All the best,
martinpk, Fri, Feb 10, 2017 02:45 (EST) [modified by martinpk on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 03:22 (EST)]
Hi Hugh! There are some references to "macos" on the site, but the majority of OS references are still to "OS X". AFAIK, the change from OS X to macOS is primarily a name/branding change to bring the identity into line with iOS, watchOS and tvOS, rather than reflecting architectural changes which would affect compatibility of our software.
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