About Indic language features in Office

In order to enable the Indic language features in Office, you must be running a 32-bit Microsoft Windows operating system that has Indic language support — for example, a Indic language version of Microsoft Windows XP, or any language version of Microsoft Windows 2000.

 Note   Not all of the programs or components in Office support each Indic language function or feature described in this topic.

ShowDates and time

The date and time format used for each Indic language is determined by the calendar chosen. The list of calendars that you have available is determined by the languages you have enabled and by the operating system language setting you have selected in Windows Control Panel under Regional and Language Options for Windows XP or Regional Options for Windows 2000. Depending on the Indic language you have enabled, you can choose among these calendars: Saka Era (Hindi only), and Gregorian (all variants).

When a Indic language is the installed (installed language: The base language used that governs how several language characteristics will behave, such as the language of the primary dictionary, and the direction and alignment of text (left-to-right or right-to-left).) language, the predominate Indic calendar for that language will be the default calendar used — for example, for Hindi, Western or Saka Era; for Indic, Western.

ShowDistributed Justification

This feature is available in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Publisher, and Microsoft PowerPoint, and it justifies mixed text by adjusting the spacing between characters. In standard justification the spacing between words is adjusted.

ShowSequence checking

Indic languages follow stringent grammatical rules that dictate which textual character elements are permitted to stand next to one another in the composition of words. To add to the complexity of correctly entering characters in Indic languages, text contains both simple characters and more complex characters that include one or more markings such as dependent vowels.

To assist you in correctly entering characters that follow the grammatical rules for enabled Indic languages, programs automatically check the text for you. Also, you can have Office make logical substitutions for you by using Type and Replace, a feature that complements sequence checking.

Sequence checking is enabled by default in all Office applications other than Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher.

ShowTo enable sequence checking in Word

  1. Under the Tools menu, select Options and select the Complex Scripts tab.
  2. Select the Sequence Checking check box.

ShowTo enable sequence checking in Publisher

  1. In Microsoft Windows XP, on the Windows Start menu, point to All Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.

In Windows 2000, on the Windows Start menu, point to Programs, point to Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office 2003 Language Settings.

  1. Select the Enabled Languages tab and add any Indic language or Thai to the list of enabled languages.
  2. Once an Indic language or Thai is enabled, sequence checking is automatically turned on.

ShowType and Replace

When enabled with a Indic language, Office automatically replaces invalid characters that are typed with valid characters. This helps to ensure grammatically correct text.

The Type and Replace feature is a complement to the automatic sequence checking of text in Indic languages.

Type and Replace is always available in all Office programs except Microsoft Word. In Word it is an option. To make Type and Replace available in Word, you must select sequence checking.

Applies to:
Access 2003, Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, InfoPath 2003, Outlook 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Publisher 2003