Dear Mr. Liwal:
Yes, your glyphs need glyph IDs, but they don't need to
directly associated with Unicode values; i.e. you don't need to
have an entry in the cmap pointing to every glyph.
Your decision to use the Compatibility Area for those things
that have been defined is what I would do.
There have not been any changes to the Arabic Presentation
Forms-A and -B blocks between versions 2.0 and 3.0. Those
codepoints that were previously undefined are still undefied.
Please note, though, that you should *not* assign anything to
undefined characters. Doing so will make your fonts
non-conformant. In other words, if you have glyphs that don't
appear in any of the defined positions in the Unicode 2 charts,
then your only options are to assign them to PUA values (U+E000
- U+F8FF), or to not assign them to any Unicode value but have
the glyphs accessible *only* by their glyph IDs within your
OpenType tables. I recommend the latter.
From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> AT Internet on 12/23/99 10:06 AM
Received on: 12/23/99
To: Peter Constable/IntlAdmin/WCT, <email@example.com> AT
Subject: Re: Arabic & Arabic Extended Languages have 4 or 2
Dear Mr. Peter;
Thanks for the advise, back in 1998 I have developed my inhouse
tools that can Encode OpenType (TrueType Open) tables to
TrueType Fonts Even in OpenType you need Glyp IDs.
What I want that may fonts should be 100% Unicode Compatable,
therefore I post question to Unicode.
What I decided now that I will utilize Compatablity Area as
much as possible.
What about the unassinged Code Points Compatabilty Area, I have
Unicode Ver.20, are they assigned to any charachter in Ver 3.x?
----- Original Message -----
> In fact, the best option is probably not exactly
> Map the glyph for the isolate from the cmap using the
> value in the Arabic block; if you use glyphs that
> characters in the compatibility areas (>= U+FB00),
> map these glyphs from the cmap using the Unicode
values in that
> range. For any other glyphs, however, do not map them
> from the cmap; i.e. don't assign them to *any* Unicode
> PUA or otherwise.
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