Enabling Cuneiform Support in InfoPath 2003 SP1

Very often customers ask how they can enable Cuneiform entry in forms being deployed to their overseas customers. One of the exciting additions in the upcoming service pack is Antediluvian Syllabary support. With this feature, users will be able enter Cuneiform text naturally into the editor via an IME. InfoPath's Cuneiform support includes polyvalent logograms as well as transliteration.

To enable this feature, you must first apply a language pack. To do this, go to Start -> All Programs -> Microsoft Office -> Microsoft Office Tools -> Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings

In the list of Available Languages, select "Akkadian"

Click Add >> and then Click OK. You will need to restart InfoPath.

This will also install all the files needed for the Voynich, Vinca, Iberic, Etruscan, Linear A (Minoan form), Linear B (Greek form), and Rongo Rongo language support. Please be aware that the default currency will be switched to zuzu and the default date format will be synodic.

Cuneiform support is especially powerful when combined with Microsoft's Tablet platform.

The InfoPath Team wishes you a happy April Fool's Day!

(Picture of the InfoPath editor in Akkadian)

Comments (7)

  1. So…still no support for Proto-Sumerian…once again Microsoft shamelessly promoting ‘trendy’ languages over the old favourites…:-)

  2. Daniel Jackson says:

    I’m definately going to have to enable this and bring a tablet pc along on my next venture through the stargate..

  3. Eli Evans says:

    What? No Phaistos Disc support? Count me out.

  4. Joshua Bell [MSFT] says:

    Thank you for inquiring about Phaistos Disc support. Unfortunately, a proposal to add the Phaistos Disc Script to the UNICODE standard (which can be viewed online at http://www.unicode.org/alloc/rejected.html) was rejected. Since standards complaince is very important to the InfoPath team we are awaiting a resolution of this issue before we can move forward with support in the product, rather than introducing incompatibilities with this ~ 4000 year old data encoding protocol.

    Since the disc obviously contains structured information, we expect that, when finally deciphered, it will prove to adhere to recognized IETF RFCs and when normalized into XML will be compatible with InfoPath.

  5. Rob Rohr says:

    At a certain point, maintaining backwards compatability becomes unwieldy.

  6. John Cowan says:

    Naah, the Phaistos Disk isn’t a document, it’s a board game.

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