Michael (michka) Kaplan wrote:
> With that said, this type of "bug" is actually by design for many languages
> that have speakers who are not using Unicode. When you look (for example) at
> Indic languages on the web, the vast majority of them are handled by this
> type font hack.
I know. But when the specification of TrueType clearly specify what the
character code is in the range of 0x00-0x7F with a particular flag and
the font designer still insiste to put a glyph of a different character
there, it is a violation of the specification. I understand the need to
do so. If it is not a font BUG, then we should call it a hacky font at
> So I am hesitant to call it a BUG. Its just the encoding that people will
Not really. It is ok if people use such encoding. However, the problem
is the font designer tag the font as CP1252 encoding. In other words,
it is like I speak Chinese to you and insist that my Chinese sentance is
in English. While I am free to speak Chinese to you, it is not free for
me to call my Chinese as English.
> It would be nice to move them to Unicode, sure. But with (again, for
> example) most of the folks at tamil.net using Windows and then with less
> than 5% of them using Windows 2000, they certainly cannot see Unicode as
> their best option at this point.
> Looking forward they know its where they want to be, but for now they are
> fairly embedded in TSCII (or TAB) at best, random font hacks at worst.
> Michael Kaplan
> Trigeminal Software, Inc.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Yung-Fong Tang" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Unicode List" <email@example.com>
> Cc: "Unicode List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Friday, January 05, 2001 11:29 AM
> Subject: Re: relation between unicode and font
>> Not really a browser bug. It is a bug in the FONT. Some of the font
>> basically claim they are design for a certain encoding which 0x00-0x7F
>> represent ASCII while the glyph in that font in those position have
>> shape in non ASCII. If font author *lie* to browser, in the information
>> which encoded in the font, there are no thing the browser (or browser
>> developer) can do.
>> Jukka.Korpela@hut.fi wrote:
>>> On Thu, 4 Jan 2001, sreekant wrote:
>>>> <font face="Tikkana">A B </font> is being shown as some telugu
>>> That's basically a browser bug, though some people have seen it
>>> as a method of extending character repertoire. It has absolutely
>>> nothing to do with Unicode. For an explanation of the fallacy, see
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