Re: More rambling about Han

From: Thomas Chan (
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 11:42:12 EST

On Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Joel Rees wrote:

> What I want is to be able to send a piece of text with one or more
> characters that I know the recipient will not have in his collection of
> fonts, and have some hope that he or she will be able to see the glyph in a
> meaningful manner.

The IDC's can help do part of the job.

I'm not sure this sort of thing belongs in Unicode, but the Big5+ spec
described two ways of transmitting the glyphs for user-defined characters.
One of them referred to CNS13479/ISO6429 to use an escape-code to switch
into a mode where a bitmap of 16x16, 24x24, 32x32, 40x40, 48x48, 64x64,
80x80, 96x96, or 128x128 size could be embedded, followed by its
user-defined codepoint. The other referred to an ISO9541 SGML-based
solution. (See section 3.6 of big5pm2.doc file in the package
from . It's all in Chinese, though.)

Thomas Chan

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