why i will be upgrading to snow leopard

Well, there are a number of good reasons, but looking through the list of enhancements is this one long overdue feature:

Bidirectional text.
For languages that are written right to left, such as Hebrew and Arabic, Snow Leopard now elegantly handles mixing in left-to-right text. It also has a split-cursor option that shows the appropriate cursor direction at the boundary between right-to-left and left-to-right text.

You can read more about it here. Hopefully this means that inserting RTL text in the midst of LTR text also works, since there’s much room for improvement in the way Mac OS X handles that as well (Pages and Keynote simply do not handle putting Unicode Hebrew into your documets, fortunately we have Mellel to solve our problems).

2 responses to “why i will be upgrading to snow leopard”

  1. Rich Shields

    Howdy. Yes, I will be upgrading to Snow Leopard as well. The RTL issue has been a problem with OS X. And I too use Mellel.

  2. martin

    Hi Rich. I do hope it means more Apple apps (like Pages) will handle RTL languages correctly, but I won’t be too surprised if we still need to wait for (at least) one more update to Pages before that can be realised.

    OTOH, Ori has announced that a new version of Mellel is imminent, so that’s definitely something to look forward to!

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