Using Uniscribe

Uniscribe provides APIs to support typography and to support the display and editing of international text, including the complex rules of Middle Eastern and Asian scripts. Uniscribe provides low-level routines for handling fully formatted text, and a simple ScriptString API set for unformatted text.

Using Uniscribe, applications only have to manage a backing store of Unicode character codes. Text layout applications do not have to maintain any other buffer or mapping table to track character order. Each application only has to store and manage the order in which the characters are entered by the user, which is the same logical order as defined by Unicode. The backing store never changes as a result of layout operations. Uniscribe maintains an index from the reordered clusters to the original character boundaries passed by the application.

The following topics are covered in this section.


Other Processing


Words and Character Clusters