Cyrillic looks so spacy when viewed from some parts of East Asia....

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/05/12 02:31 -04:00, original URI:

So I was looking at a bug on the cool Vista machine (you know, this one!) the other day....

Since I last talked about it (a few months ago, to be more precise), I installed a whole bunch of UI languages on it.

Like more than the list of those currently available.

Actually. since I built some of them myself, it is actually a list is possibly more than the list of what will ever be available. :-)

All so I could see a huge language list. The things I'll do when I am bored on the weekend....

Anyway, I was looking at a bug reported with a Traditional Chinese UI language. And here is what I saw:

Interesting spacing on the Cyrillic script languages, huh? :-)

I could not repro this with Japanese, Korean, or Simplified Chinese. It only happens with Traditional.

A couple other weird things, too.

(The unfortunate things that happen with Arabic script when the UI language is LTR have been mentioned before)

Kind of weird....


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SDiZ on 12 May 2007 7:11 AM:

I believe this is, indeed, a "feature".

In big5 encoding (at least in the big5 ETen-extension), Cyrillic scripts are full-width. To compatible with old system, Chinese fonts always comes with full width Cyrillic characters.

SDiZ on 12 May 2007 7:14 AM:

I believe this is, indeed, a compatible feature.

In the old good time (pre-1995 age), Traditional Chinese computer system comes with full-width Cyrillic fonts.

SDiZ on 12 May 2007 7:21 AM:

ugh. i think this blog think i am a spammer.

I think this is compatible with Big5 ETEN extension, which have full-width Cyrillic fonts.

Michael S. Kaplan on 12 May 2007 8:10 AM:

Hey SDiZ -- no one thinks you are a spammer, but one does suspect you didn't read the third bullet point above the space where you put in comments. :-)

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