« Microsoft Office 2010 adds OpenType goodness
The Office 2010 technical preview is due out in July, and one can sign up to test with it. However, copies of Office 2010 have apparently already leaked, and some enterprising souls have posted screen shots of the new support for OpenType typographic features for western fonts.
This is a “technical preview” only, so it is quite possible there will be some changes of features, functionality or user interface prior to release. However, it should be pretty close to the final version overall (except in performance and bugs).
That being said, you may be wondering exactly what is supported. Here’s what the UI posting shows:
- Ligatures (appears to support multiple levels or types)
- Number spacing (presumably proportional and tabular)
- Number forms (presumably oldstyle and lining)
- Stylistic Sets
- Contextual Alternates (this one is a checkbox; all the others are dropdown menus)
None of this stuff is on by default (not even standard ligatures), but then again, neither is kerning. Sigh. So, it’s not perfect, but a huge advance over the status quo. Having this stuff in Word will finally bring some more elements of good typography to the masses….