This article is from the Macintosh system software FAQ, by Elliotte Harold firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
For a company that's relatively hip to the international marketplace
Apple certainly has a difficult time comprehending that its
customers might need to work with more than one language. A
recent call to the Apple Customer Assistance Center support line
revealed that system software is available only in the country
of origin. The support rep was unable even to provide contact
information for distributors in countries outside the United
States. What the support rep didn't know (but I do) is that most
international versions of System 7.0.1 are available for anonymous
Your best chance to get Korean system software or any
international version of System 7.1 is to have a friend in
the appropriate country mail you the software.
If you want to work with multiple languages but don't
need an entire foreign system, you first need to upgrade to at
least System 7.1, the first truly international operating system.
System 7.1 includes numerous hooks to support multiple languages.
After installing System 7.1 the first thing you'll want are keyboards,
fonts, and script systems that let you write in your language of
choice. Many international keyboard layouts are included in
A number of Roman keyboards are also included with System 7.5.
Apple's Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic
(including Farsi) Language Kits are available from the usual
sources including MacConnection (1-800-800-2222) for a little
less than $200 each. See
No other language kits are available as of June, 1996. So once
again if you want to work in Icelandic, Turkish or something else,
you need to have a friend in the appropriate country send you
Application software that supports your language of choice is also
nice to have. Currently the only fully WorldScript savvy word
processors are Nisus Writer 4.15 and WorldWrite 3.0. (SimpleText
is WorldScript savvy, but only supports text up to 32K in size.)
Nisus Writer supports Western European languages and Japanese.
With an extra cost ADB dongle it can also work in Arabic, Chinese,
Korean, Farsi and most Eastern European languages. WorldWrite
3.0 supports all the Apple Language Kits including Japanese,
Chinese, Cyrillic, Hebrew and Arabic. No dongle is needed.
$189 bundles are available with your choice of Apple's Cyrillic,
Hebrew or Arabic language kit.
Several other products including ClarisWorks 4.0 and WordPerfect 3.5
support WorldScript I languages (That is, right-to-left systems
like English and Chinese) but not left-to-right, WorldScript II
languages like Hebrew and Arabic.