Re: short Unicode names?

From: Werner Lemberg (
Date: Sat Jan 03 1998 - 07:31:12 EST

On Fri, 2 Jan 1998, Herbert Elbrecht wrote:

> >> Is there an algorithm how to convert long Unicode names like 'LATIN
> >> CAPITAL LETTER A WITH ACUTE' into short Adobe-ish names like 'Aacute'?
> >>
> >> With `short' I mean a name not longer than about 32 characters and no
> >> spaces in it.
> >>
> >> Or are there already short Unicode names defined? U+00C1 is not very
> >> descriptive...
> The problem is not with 'LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A WITH ACUTE' being an
> Adobe standard character - an AdobeGlyphList for backward compatibility
> within existing Adobe fonts is available for all these standard
> characters.
> The problem is with all characters outside the Adobe character repertory!
> And that's all additional Unicode characters! Who's to describe? For whom?
> What for? Will free-style naming really do for these characters - I
> wonder!

I'm not really interested in backward compatibility since Adobe names are
inconsistent anyway (cf. `mu' in Macintosh standard encoding vs. `mu1' in
WGL4 as used in Microsoft TrueType fonts). I'm rather interested whether
someone has created Adobe-like names already from the Unicode names-- the
primary goal is a standardized glyph name database for TeX resp. its 16bit
successor, Omega.


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