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Archived - Mac OS X 10.1: Viewing and Typing Text in Different Languages

Mac OS X includes several languages you can select for menus and dialogs. You can also view and type text in these languages. In addition to these languages, you can read and write text in other languages.
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    1. Use of some languages requires installation of additional software, such as a Mac OS 9 language kit or font. For example, Mac OS X 10.1 includes script bundles for Cyrillic and Central European languages. However, such a script bundle does not activate unless at least one font for that script is present. Installing a font that is compatible with the script bundle will activate it. Keyboard layouts associated with the activated bundle then appear in the International Preferences panel. Mac OS 9 language kits are included as custom installation items on the Mac OS 9 Installation CD. References in this document to "language kits" refer to these.

    2. Some applications display text in these languages automatically, while others require that you select the text and use a special font for the language.

    3. Many languages are included with Mac OS X 10.1. Support for additional languages can be downloaded. See technical document 106700, "Mac OS X 10.1: Language Updates for Mac OS X".

    4. Unicode allows you to use certain languages in applications such as Mail, TextEdit, or the Finder.

    5. To type text in a given language, you may need to select a keyboard or input method for it in the International panel of System Preferences. After selecting additional keyboards or input methods, a new menu with a flag icon will appear in the menu bar of all applications. This is the keyboard menu, and it allows you to choose among different keyboards or input methods. Some input methods may create an additional menu next to the keyboard menu when they are active. Keyboards listed as "Unicode" in International Preferences are only available in Unicode applications such as Mail, TextEdit, or the Finder. When typing in an application, the availability of these keyboards in the keyboard menu indicates whether or not that application works with Unicode.

The following sections explain how to view or type text in various languages:

Japanese
    1. Open the document in a Mac OS X application.
    2. If necessary, use these fonts: Osaka, Osaka-mono, or Hiragino
    3. To type text: Select the Kotoeri input method

Simplified Chinese
    1. Open the document in a Mac OS X application.
    2. If necessary, use this font: Hei
    3. To type text: Install the Simplified Chinese Language Update, if needed, and select Simplified Chinese input method.

Traditional Chinese
    1. Open the document in a Mac OS X application.
    2. If necessary, use this font: Apple LiGothic.
    3. To type text: Install the Traditional Chinese Language Update, if needed, and select Traditional Chinese input method.

Korean
    1. Open the document in a Mac OS X application.
    2. If necessary, use this font: Apple Gothic
    3. To type text: Install the Korean Language Update, if needed, and select Korean input method.

Central European Languages (Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak)
    1. Install the Central European Language kit in Mac OS 9.
    2. To read in Unicode applications, use these fonts when necessary: Lucida Grande, Geneva, Times, Helvetica, Courier, or Monaco. Many other fonts work with these languages as well.
    3. To write in Unicode applications: Select and use the Extended Roman Unicode keyboard.
    4. To read in any application, use these fonts when necessary: Times CE, Helvetica CE, Charcoal CE, Geneva CE, Palatino CE, Courier CE, Chicago CE, Monaco CE.
    5. To write in any application, select and then use any of the following keyboards: Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak

Cyrillic (Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian)
    1. Install the Cyrillic Language Kit in Mac OS 9.
    2. To read in Unicode applications use the Lucida Grande font when necessary.
    3. To read in any application, use these fonts when necessary: Charcoal CY, Geneva CY, Helvetica CY, Monaco CY, Times CY
    4. To write in any application, select and use any of the following keyboards: Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian

Note: You cannot type Cyrillic with the Extended Roman keyboard.

Vietnamese

You must use a Unicode application.
    1. To read: If necessary, use the Lucida Grande font.
    2. To write: Select and use the Vietnamese keyboard.

Icelandic or Turkish

You must use a Unicode application.
    1. To read: if necessary, use these fonts: Lucida Grande, Times, Helvetica, Geneva, Monaco, or Courier. Many other Roman fonts support these languages as well.
    2. To write: enable and use the Extended Roman keyboard.

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