Unless Michael Everson's idea of variant selector characters is taken up, there
is probably no way to specify this sort of thing in Unicode without the use of
additional mark-up. ATSUI and OpenType fonts can contain any number of variant
glyphs for a particular character combination, but - unless the variant to be
rendered can be determined from context - the application has to have some way
for the user to select & specify the variant they want.
----- Original Message -----
From: Arijit Upadhyay <email@example.com>
To: Unicode List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 8:54 AM
Subject: Bengali: variants of same conjunct
> Is there any way to use variants ( I call it so- meaning different looks for
> the same conjunct) of same conjunct within same conjunct within a same same
> font suitcase through unicode.
> example: In Bengali, conjunct formed by #09A8 (bengali letter na), #09AF
> (bengali letter ya) and # 09C1 (bengali vowel sign u) has two different
> looks based on the type of manuscript it is being used upon. One for modern
> manuscripts and other for older ones. Presently the only way this is typed
> is by using two differnt fonts for such characters. Now as for indic scripts
> uncode uses gpyph substitution scheme, is there any way 2-3 variants( looks)
> can be kept in same suitcase and called according to one's choice.
> Arijit Upadhyay
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