"Unicode and Glyph Names," "Adobe Glyph List" revised

From: Sairus P. Patel (sppatel@adobe.com)
Date: Fri Dec 18 1998 - 15:58:00 EST

The revised document "Unicode and Glyph Names," along with the revised
databases "Adobe Glyph List" (AGL) and "Unicode's Corporate Use Subarea
as used by Adobe" have just been posted at:


To pique your interest, here's the table of contents and introduction:

> 1. Introduction
> 2. Glyph naming
> a. Maximum name length and permissible characters
> b. The uni<CODE> glyph naming convention
> c. How to name glyphs
> i. Standard UV
> ii. CUS UV
> iii. Non-Unicode ligature
> iv. Non-Unicode glyphic variant
> v. All others
> d. Additional notes
> 3. Extracting Unicode semantics from glyph names
> a. Algorithm
> b. Populating a Unicode space
> c. Search and copy/paste facilities
> 4. Adobe Glyph List notes
> a. Character sets covered
> b. Corporate Use subarea
> c. Double-mappings
> 5. Document changes
> 1. Introduction
> This document describes Adobe(R)'s PostScript(R) glyph naming
> conventions in the context of Unicode. The purpose of these conventions
> is to attach standardized semantics to glyph names, including glyphs
> that represent characters that don't have standard Unicode values (UVs)
> like certain ligatures or glyphic variants.
> Two perspectives are presented: that of the font developer, when
> deciding what to name the glyphs in a font; and that of any process that
> needs to extract Unicode semantics from glyph names, such as a Type
> 1-to-OpenType converter when creating a Unicode 'cmap', or the search
> facility in an application that does not use OpenType layout tables.
> The 3 data files referred to in this document are:
> * "The Adobe Glyph List" (AGL). This maps approximately 1000 glyph names
> to standard or Corporate Use subarea (CUS) UVs. For more details,
> including double-mapped glyphs and industry standard character sets
> covered by the list, see section 4.
> * "Unicode's Corporate Use Subarea as used by Adobe." These assignments
> cover characters such as small capitals which are commonly used in
> Adobe fonts but are not part of the Unicode Standard. This data file
> also provides Unicode-style character decompositions for many of these
> assignments. For more details, see section 4.b.
> * "Zapf Dingbats Glyph Names and UVs." This list should be used only for
> the font Zapf Dingbats, as described in section 3.a.
> The Unicode Standard 2.1 has been used in this document and related data
> files, except for the 4 characters mentioned in the header of the AGL
> data file.

Sairus Patel
Type Core Technology
Adobe Systems

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