Bug: Syriac language in Word for Mac

Hi,

Word For Mac (latest version) does not appear to understand that Syriac is a Right to Left language.

When typing two words one after the other, the second word appears to the right of the first one (as in English) not on the left (as in a right-to-left language like Hebrew or Syriac).

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If I am not mistaken, this is a bug.

Word 15.35 for Mac on MacOS Sierra (12.5).

Thank you.
Benjamin
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Hi Benjamin,

Based on your description, you cannot type the Syriac language from right to left in Word 2016 for Mac. I would like to suggest you refer detailed steps in this article to configure bi-directional features in Word for typing in a bi-directional language in Office 2016 for Mac.

If the issue persists, please provide detailed steps and related screenshots about how you add the language and encounter the issue, so we can better understand your situation and help you.

Regards,
Yoga
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How are you typing Syriac? I believe there is no Syriac keyboard layout given with MacOS.

I installed one. If I type an English sentence and add 3 or 4 Syriac words in the middle, they are in the reverse order -- Syriac words follow each other left to right like English words. The letters themselves inside a word are OK.

This problem does not happen in MacOS's TextEdit.

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So it works ok if the text is all rtl, but messes up when you have rtl inside ltr?

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The short answer is no. Basically typing Syriac has lots of problems, even with only Syriac without any English.

Also when switching to a Syriac keyboard layout and hitting keys, a default font called "NotoSansSyriacEastern" is automatically chosen by Word, but the characters appearing are identical squares, meaning the character is not recognized.


Hebrew support has become great on Word, it used to have similar problems. The same support for Syriac would be great.

In short the problems are:

1) Syriac is not properly treated as a right-to-left language.

2) NotoSansSyriacEastern does not display at all.

Thanks a lot for addressing this problem.

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Hi Benjamin,

 

Thanks for helping us understand the behavior.

 

Given the situation, we suggest you submit your feedback UserVoice. This is the best way to let the team know and make our products as well as services better for you and others.

 

As you have mentioned, Office previously gained full support for Arabic and Hebrew thanks to users votes.

 

Regards,

Sheen

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Thank you, I posted the request on UserVoice.

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