Unicode and multilingual editors and word processors for Unix and Linux

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AbiWord

AbiWord is a freeware Open Source word processor that is available for several versions of Unix, for 32-bit Windows platforms, and in an experimental version for BeOS. In addition to its own file format, it can read UTF-8, text, Rich Text Format, XHTML and Microsoft Word files. It can save as UTF-8, text, Rich Text Format, XHTML and LaTeX.

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You can find more information at http://www.abisource.com/products.phtml, and download it from http://www.abisource.com/free.phtml.


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CoolEdit

CoolEdit is a text editor for Unix and Linux computers that run the X Window system. It can read and write files in UTF-16, UTF-8 and other encodings. It has syntax highlighting for HTML and some programming languages. It can display Chinese, Japanese and Korean, and can also display Arabic and Hebrew (but it does not show them right-to-left).

CoolEdit.

CoolEdit displaying multiple scripts simultaneously

You can find more information and download the program or source from the CoolEdit section of the SourceForge Web site.


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mined 2000

mined 2000 is a text editor for Unix (also MS-DOS) that supports Unicode and UTF-8 encoding, including double-width and combining characters, and right-to-left scripts. Other features include keyboard mapping, script colouring, and an Insert command for HTML tags.

Screen shot of mined 2000

It is produced by Thomas Wolff and can be downloaded from http://towo.net/mined/, where more information is also available.


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Netscape Composer

The Composer component of Netscape is a multilingual HTML editor that supports Unicode and can edit files in WYSIWYG, WYSIWYG plus tags and plain HTML modes.

Composer 6 screen shot.

Composer can produce files that include multiple scripts and languages, and it can save HTML files with UTF-8 character encoding.

Available only as part of Netscape, which includes Netscape Navigator and can be downloaded free of charge from Netscape 6 Release. Available for Linux 2.2 and Sun Solaris.


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Nvu

Nvu is a multilingual HTML editor that supports Unicode and can edit files in WYSIWYG, WYSIWYG plus tags and plain HTML modes. It includes an FTP site manager and a CSS editor.

Nvu can produce files that include multiple scripts and languages, and it can save HTML files with UTF-8 character encoding. It supports right-to-left scripts.

More information and free download from Nvu - The Complete Web Authoring System for Linux.

Nvu is an enhanced version of Mozilla Composer, and is also available in a version for Windows.


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Omega

Omega is a typesetting program that has been developed from TeX and uses Unicode internally so that multiple languages can be used in a single document. It allows multiple character sets to be used, and can translate from one encoding to another.

Omega has been developed by John Plaice (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Yannis Haralambous (Atelier Fluxus Virus, France). For more information, see the Omega Project Home Page.


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Yudit

Yudit is a freeware Unicode text editor for the X-Window system. Its default encoding is UTF-8, but it can also work with UTF-7, UTF-16 and some non-Unicode character sets. It can be built with pure X11, or with extensions for motif or qt/kde. It includes direct support for TrueType fonts. It has no direct support for HTML, but you can type in HTML tags to create multilingual HTML documents with UTF-8 character encoding.

Multiple scripts displayed in Yudit.

Yudit is written by Gáspár Sinai. For more information, or to download a copy, go to the Yudit Home Page.



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