Re: Unicode Cyrillic GHE DE PE TE in Serbian

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 15:32:00 EST

At 11:22 AM 10-01-00 -0800, wrote:

> >Most proponents of language tagging mention its benefits in
> functions such as spell-checking. I was proposing a somewhat
> different use, selecting presentation glyphs based on the
> language. I haven't heard anyone else mention this before, so
> I doubt it's a high priority on any company's development list.

> This capability exists in OpenType. It is important; it has
> been mentioned before on this list, and probably will again; as
> always with I18N, it will take a while before we start seeing
> it show up in shipping software. Note that MS Word 2000 wants
> to tag text for language, so it has started, though they
> currently only use that info for proofing tools.

Note that 'language' tags for OpenType support are not the same as those
detailed in 'Plane 14 Characters for Language Tags'. The basic reason for
this is that OpenType is a glyph processing system, while Unicode is a
character processing system. Tagging for spelling, and anything else
involving the backing string of plain text characters, is not necessarily
the same as tagging for typographic layout features.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC

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