ISO 10646-1 collection identifiers

From: Markus Kuhn (
Date: Tue Sep 21 1999 - 11:52:48 EDT

Does anyone have an on-line list of the ISO 10646-1 collection
numbers and ranges?

The Blocks.txt file on seems to be
different from the ISO collections and also does not show the
corresponding collection identifiers.

Would ISO collection identifiers be a good part of X11 XLFDs? E.g., I
could name a font "*-ISO10646-C1,5,19" to signal that this font covers
only ISO 10646 collections 1, 5, and 19.

We would this way have a nice font file namespace for fonts that contain
say only Han glyphs and have to be merged in a "font set" with other
fonts to provide a comprehensive ISO 10646-1 font. This might be a good
way to avoid storage redundancy for the non-Han glyphs in CJK fonts,
because only the Han collection would be provided in regional variants,
while the rest could come from an invariant font.


Markus G. Kuhn, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK
Email: mkuhn at,  WWW: <>

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