Microsoft has created a new shaping engine for text that it says will help Windows 10 display more languages correctly. The details of the new Universal Shaping Engine have now been published for font developers to access so that their creations look right when used on Windows 10.
Microsoft said today that for a complex text language to be displayed correctly on current and earlier versions of Windows, linguists and developers had to create a shaping engine to support each script. That meant that only 27 shaping engines were made for the most complex writing systems by the time Windows 8.1 was released.
There is a standard called Unicode that supports 125 different writing systems but close to 50 of them still need shaping support. Microsoft stated:
With the publishing of the new Universal Shaping Engine, Microsoft hopes to add support for displaying fonts in many more languages correctly for Windows 10. It states:
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