Antonios wrote:Too bad the 'droid isn't more hospitable to ancient greek. Also too bad that flashcard program makers can't be more up-front about what languages they support and don't (don't they have specs that tell them this stuff?) I've been through several programs so far only to find out that it wasn't the program that sucked, but the OS that won't support the characters. And very little information out there as to why this is the case. Apple has no problems with this at all, which means I'll still have to carry around my iPod for flashcard use until the android developers get it together.
How can you conclude it's an operating system issue when there are multiple reports above with Android programs using unicode and ancient Greek just fine?
I havent' really "concluded" anything of the kind, other than the fact that MY instance of the OS (a Verizon Droid Incredible 2) does not allow me to install additional fonts (like you can on a desktop OS). iOS doesn't either, but it doesn't need to--it supports it automatically!
And, in any event I "conclude" this because the the developers themselves (or at least their advisers) told me so. I submitted this as an "issue" to Google last year and here is the response I received from an advisor to their development team:
Comment #2 on issue 26037 by emmanoue...@gmail.com: Support for Polytonic Greek (and/or other languages that should be UTF-8 enabled)http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=26037
I reported the issue to the Ascender Team (1st September 2011) and both Brian Kraimer and Steve Kuhlman answered that they passed my comments to the development team. After seven months (10th April 2012), having seen no results and already moved to android 4.0, I contacted again the Ascender Team, and Steve Kuhlman answered that they did pass my comments along to the development team at Google and that it's up to up to Google to determine which languages get supported and when they role that out (The Ascender Team can only provide input). It's a shame that ancient greek language is still not supported by Google Android. Browsing pages with Greek polytonic (extended) content show the unsupported characters like boxes (if not missing completely). Trouble seems to exist with Google Drive and other document apps (such as documents to go, even though the in-app-font Arial Unicode MS supports greek extended). Multiling keyboard supports writing Greek polytonic but android system does not support viewing. Why should I have to root my device in order to read ancient greek on my device? Please update the Roboto and DroidSerif fonts with Greek extended, so that this embarrassing issue seizes to exist.
So, it's not really important whether, technically speaking, it's an "operating system" issue or not. The fact is that the "operating system" does not come loaded on at least some of our phones with the capability of displaying polytonic fonts WITHOUT having to either specify a font set (which none of the browsers allow you to do anyway) or rooting the phone. I am not going to root my phone to prove that it's not an OS issue! And yes, I can change the font on Anymemo to display polytonic greek. However, I do NOT have to do this on my iPod. If that's not an OS issue, then what is? Whether or not the OS is capable of it is really isn't very useful if you have to install special apps just to display a font.
And for the record, Fontomizer does not work on my phone. The only Fontomizer I get is some Galaxy affair. And even if is installing an ubuntu font, it's not getting me any farther in displaying diacritics on the Perseus Project pages (which display just fine under iOS.)
So, that's how I draw my conclusions. If I've overlooked something, I would be open to any constructive assistance to make this work. I would also urge anyone else who has experienced similar issues to log their concerns directly with Google. I suspect they're not doing anything about it because not enough people are telling them.