Monday, March 7, 2011

OS X 10.7 Lion: New Language Features?

Apple's recent preview of OS X 10.7 Lion does not mention any new language features, but some of the rumor sites like Macrumors and Appleinsider have published reports of a) Arabic system localization, b) voices for text-to-speech for languages other than English, and c) access to accented characters via a popup menu when a key is held down.

Update: A 4/8 report by Appleinsider indicates TextEdit will now have the vertical text layout capability considered important for Chinese and Japanese.

Lion is scheduled for release in the "Summer of 2011."

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

After some tests, here are my results:
a) I did not verified if there is Arabic new language
b) There is effectively optional plenty of new non English voices (generally 3 per languages) in the Text-to-Speech panel with an example for each saying "Hello, I am an 'language' voice" in local language, but we cannot upload them for now.
c) I don't know since I have a French keyboard :-)

Anonymous said...

It'd be nice if they had a Hebrew system localization too…

Tom Gewecke said...

The final Lion is still months away, tell them what you want

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

Anonymous said...

I do Confirm I saw Arabic in there!
Seems so nice!

emirsari said...

Can anyone confirm which version of Unicode is supported? 5.2? 6.0?

Tom Gewecke said...

emissary -- I think it is probably technically 6.0. Of course the OS would not come with fonts that include all the characters of that version, you would have to add some of your own.

emirsari said...

I hope so too, since I badly need 5.2 support for the Old Turkic script. Sounds like a good idea to be able to use different characters inside the OS.

Tom Gewecke said...

emissary -- What kind of support do you need which is not already available in 10.6?

http://m10lmac.blogspot.com/2010/03/typing-orkhonold-turkic.html

emirsari said...

BTW, I can use Old Turkic script natively within Ubuntu, since it has support for 5.2, beginning with 10,04.

Tom Gewecke said...

emirsari -- sorry, I lost your comment about filenames, etc., but I am sure that will be possible in 10.7.

emirsari said...

http://turkmac.com/forum/index.php/topic,18854.0.html


Turkish Localization with the new build!!!!!!!