Re: LastResort

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Wed Jun 25 1997 - 12:52:04 EDT

> What is the status of the LastResort font? Are those examples (a
> non-exhaustive list) in the 2.0 book normative or just informative?

Informative. There is nothing normative about the LastResort font.
It is a resource for those who wish to make use of it. As others
have stated, there will likely be multiple last resort fonts
appearing shortly, and there are many differences of opinion regarding
what the best mechanisms are for presenting last resort information
to users.

My opinion is that from a user's point of view there is no reason
why a last resort font should slavishly follow block boundaries in
the Unicode Standard. It would be far more useful to simply provide
script identity (even if the blocks are scattered around, as for
Latin or Greek or Arabic) iconically, and then design a few (2?)
iconic glyphs for unrepresentable symbol and unrepresentable Asian
character set symbol. Anything more is overkill.

For finer information, the constructed little hex digits are far
more useful.


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