“Many languages that worked flawlessly in Panther do not work in Tiger, due to an ill-conceived attempt at better cross-platform font support. For the first time in a decade, Windows is actually ahead of the Mac in supporting complex typography and Asian languages.”
Unsolved Language Error Haunts Tiger
Submitted by Anonymous linguist 2005-10-04 macOS 10 Comments
Thanks for this article. I switched to the Mac about 10 years ago BECAUSE of the advanced typographical abilities. It’s really too bad that Apple is succumbing to the “It’s a Window’s world” phenomena, and replacing it’s superior technology with the univerally mediocre Microsoft stuff.
I don’t know that I’d call Windows “ahead” just because they currently have better support for a crappy standard than Apple’s first attempt. Apple’s mistake was releasing long before they were ready.
I also don’t know whether it’s clueless management or economic necessity, but Apple has longstanding problems with this kind of thing.
Granted, QuickDraw3D never really took off, but they dumped it for OpenGL, which isn’t even remotely the same thing. Likewise all the other once-hyped technologies that died suddenly or were replaced by (usually inferior) “standards”: OpenDoc, Dylan, Open Transport…. Hopefully they won’t decide to further “improve their user experience” by dropping OpenGL in favor of (yech) DirectX.
When major shifts happen, it always seems to be in haste and without much QA. Decisions like that smell like management decrees that all new development must embrace this or that buzzword. The jury is still out on Intel Mac’s, though they seem to have had some development effort prior to the announcement.