Re: Russian Dual Nationality Fonts

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Tue Jun 20 1995 - 10:04:13 EDT

Windows 3.1 TrueType is NOT insensitive to Unicode. In fact it uses
Unicode values in its cmap table.

But it assumes text coming in is in code page 1252 (see Unicode vol 1)
and so stuff gets mapped to Unicode with that assumption.


PS: Russian Windows uses 1251

You wrote:
>Dan Warner writes:
>> Mail*Link(r) SMTP Russian Dual Nationality Fonts.
>> Hi.
>> I have recently been trying to create a dual nationality
>> Type 1 font using Fontographer 4.0.4 on the Macintosh, with the aim
>> using this font to transfer files between the MacOS and Windows 3.1.
>> Having experimented with Fontographer I have found that 95% of my
new font
>> will transfer cross-platform, but certain characters give erratic
>> often being substitued for invisible characters or characters from
>> elsewhere in the font.
>> I have browsed through your Web site and I have a copy of your
>> Mapping List, which I am trying to get to grips with, but I would
>> like to confirm with you that what I am attempting is possible with
>> help of a proper understanding of unicode.
>> I am wondering if limitiations in Windows are affecting the output
of my
>> font, or whether I have just not conformed to the unicode standard
>> properly.
>> Any comments, help or advice would be much appreciated at this stage
as I
>> am starting to run out of 'inspirations' and the demand for a dual
>> nationality font is growing in my Mac/PC colleagues!
>> P.S. I should add that I have a copy of Acrobat Pro 2.0 for both Mac
and PC
>> and have experimented with various types of encoding, but I still
get odd
>> results. Could Acrobat help me in this font dilemma?
>> Thanking you in a advance for your help,
>> Dan Warner, Wimbledon, London, UK.
>> Dan@Zawinul.Demon.Co.UK
>... [omissis]
>Since Windows 3.1 and the Mac are both insensitive to Unicode, I fail
to see
>how this is a Unicode problem. However, I would like to comment on
>I think could be the problem. From the description, I surmise that the
>originates on the Mac, and is being ported to Windows. On the Windows
>the order of the characters does not appear as intended by the author.
>Most likely, the Windows screen font (PFM file) indicates that the
font follows
>standard encoding (i.e. ANSI), whereupon Windows rearranges the font
as it
>sees fit. If Mr Warner thinks this diagnosis is correct, I suggest he
>contact me directly by email for further discussion.
>Kamal Mansour E-mail:
>Kappa Type Inc.
>P.O.Box 1652
>Palo Alto
>California 94302
>Tel +1 415 322 0135
>Fax +1 415 326 8844
>Orders & Inquiries 800-480-0135 (USA & Canada)

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