Re: RE: Is it a font or an encoding?

From: Michael Kung (
Date: Wed Sep 10 1997 - 03:47:42 EDT

In reality, you create a new 'character set' to be used only in font domain.
It is a new 'encoding'. But it is not a new code set.
Michael Kung
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You have not created a new encoding, only a new font. Regardless of
what glyphs are at what code points in the font, the encoding remains
the same. However, doing this will likely confuse people into thinking
that you have changed the encoding because the system will display the
"wrong" glyph according to the encoding for any code point you have
changed within the font.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Randy Williams []
> Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 1997 6:46 AM
> To: Multiple Recipients of
> Subject: Is it a font or an encoding?
> Folks,
> This is not directly a Unicode question, but I hope people
> don't mind my posting this here.
> I hope you can settle a debate I am having with a co-worker.
> Given a font that is ship on Windows where this font has various
> glyphs replaced in the 0x80 - 0x9F range with 22 "Box Drawing"
> characters. These are the 22 "Box Drawing" characters that are
> found in cp850 on IBM PC and are found in U+2500 plane of Unicode.
> These 22 "Box Drawing" characters do not exist in Windows cp1252
> encoding. So the replacement is done to add those characters to the
> font and the font otherwise is exactly like cp1252.
> One of us claims that this font has effectively created a new
> encoding. The other claims that this is just a new font. Which
> is it?
> Thanks,
> Randy
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