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  1. For translated versions of documents, it would be good to be able to export the text from a Publisher document into a format suitable for language translation tools (CAT tools) like Trados etc. And then be able to import the translated text, replacing the original text. Then all you need is a tidy-up of the translated text, instead of a long, error-prone copy+paste job. InDesign accomplishes this via IDML, and the CAT tools enable professional translators to see only the text content (stories and index terms/footnotes etc) for translation purposes. So I imagine some kind of XML output would be handy from a developer point of view, and XML may well aid other forms of data interchange too. Excited to see how things develop. All the best, Chris Thompson
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    Accented letters in French

    I'm seeing correct behaviour on a Mac with beta 1.7.0.58: type alt-E then E to get é; type alt-E then Shift-E to get É etc. Is it possible you have an earlier version of the beta where this was a problem?
  3. To add to this discussion, it's not just RTL support, but also support for complex scripts that's currently missing. If I paste Hindi into Affinity Publisher, the letters don't appear in the correct order, notably in the word Hindi (हिंदी) itself! If I type Devanagari k-virama-r, the virama remains visible and the 'k' and 'r' don't combine as they should However, there is some contextual shape-changing already present: if I type in Arabic bab (باب) = door, the first 'b' correctly changes shape, but incorrecly stays at the left end of the word. I appreciate there's more work to be done, but as mentioned above, surely it's better to build in support for non-Latin scripts early rather than nail it on later (InDesign) or not at all (Quark). Good luck
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