FW: Unicode reference fonts

From: Hart, Edwin F. (HARTEF1@aplmsg.jhuapl.edu)
Date: Fri Jul 31 1998 - 08:18:50 EDT

When I was working on the "Character/Glyph Model" (ISO/IEC TR 15285), I
found that most of the fonts that came with the Microsoft Windows 95,
NT, or Office 95 products all had digits that had the same width. (I
said "most" because I cannot say that I checked each font. Essentially,
I was looking for a font with so-called "old-style" digits or
"lower-case" digits, which have glyphs of varying widths.) Therefore,
from my experience, I have to say that designers of the font were
well-aware of the need for number alignment in columns.


Edwin F. Hart
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From: Markus Kuhn [SMTP:Markus.Kuhn@cl.cam.ac.uk]
Sent: 30 July, 1998 06:30
To: Unicode List
Subject: Re: Unicode reference fonts

Similarly, few font designers know that it is very good practice to give
all digits the same width as the space character, because this makes
tables look much better.

Markus G. Kuhn, Security Group, Computer Lab, Cambridge University, UK
email: mkuhn at acm.org,  home page: <http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/
<http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/> >

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