Re: Bengali: variants of same conjunct

From: Arijit Upadhyay (
Date: Tue Jun 20 2000 - 13:18:01 EDT

Thanks Peter,

I do not know how, but I have recieved only your mail in my list
subscripion. And so I am totally out of sync as to what was Michael's or
anybody'selse response. In fact this was my first ever question to the
unicode list after i become member only last week. Could I be helped someway
by sending the thread , may be to my mail directly.

Aijit Upadhyay

> On 06/18/2000 03:12:13 AM <> wrote:
> >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.
> The use of variant selectors is appropriate only in very special cases
> which do not include alternate Bengali conjuncts. Michael isn't the only
> advocate, by the way; many members support the idea, and the impression I
> have gotten from the UTC is that they intend to add some general purpose
> variant selectors but just haven't gotten around to it yet (though the
> pressures to do so are growing).
> ATSUI and OpenType fonts can contain any number of variant
> >glyphs for a particular character combination, but - unless the variant
> be
> >rendered can be determined from context - the application has to have
> way
> >for the user to select & specify the variant they want.
> Since the original question made reference to font suitcases, I'm guessing
> the context in mind is the Mac. One response mentioned the use of OpenType
> features; AAT fonts (that work with ATSUI) also have a feature mechanism
> (not exactly the same as OpenType features, but certainly very similar)
> that can be used to specify variants. One significant difference, though:
> while apps that provide user-selection of OpenType features are few (Adobe
> InDesign is the only one I know of) and are limited in what features they
> support, I think there are apps for the Mac that support user selection of
> whatever features exist in the font. (I'm not certain about this, and I
> can't enumerate titles, but that's been my impression.)
> Peter Constable

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