Fascinated as I am by the many imaginative proposals for private use
characters--I can hardly contain myself at the prospect of encoding
rotating 3D Mr. Potato head components, in full color and with sound
effects--I would suggest that the people most excited about this topic
form their own mailing list (it is very easy to do on
http://groups.yahoo.com/). Someone could then prepare a nice monthly
summary of the progress so that the remaining few people on this list
would not feel abandoned.
◄ “Eppur si muove” ►
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marco Cimarosti" <email@example.com>
To: "'William Overington'" <WOverington@ngo.globalnet.co.uk>;
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; "Daniel Yacob" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2002 05:37
Subject: RE: Chromatic font research
> William Overington wrote:
> > The occurrence of red words raises an interesting aspect of
> > this discussion in that a chromatic font would be needed
> > for the full stop character when decorated [...]
> A chromatic font in *conjunction* with markup, of course.
> You are talking abut *decorative* color, and there is no need to
> decorative elements in *plain* text, if I understand the meaning of
> English adjective "plain".
> A decorated full stop should only appear within a piece of text
marked up in
> some special way, e.g.:
> <chromatic main="black" decoration="red">
> This is my colorful text.
> Therefore, color decoration is an issue only for *fonts* and/or
> systems, not for Unicode or *plain* text encoding.
> --- * --- * ---
> The above statement would suddenly become false upon the discovery
> *writing* system where color is a *structural* element, that must be
> reproduced also in plain text.
> But such a writing system is so far just a theoretical *hypothesis*!
> I have brought evidence that color seems a structural element of the
> codices, but I have *not* proven that Aztec codices constitute a
> On the contrary, I can report that most scholars deny this. Florian
> (in his "Blackwell Encyclopedia of Writing Systems") says that Aztec
> "borderline case" between writing proper and pictographic systems.
> So, as Ken Whistler said, at the present stage it does not seem that
> glyphs are valid candidates for encoding and, hence, the issue is
> fireplace chatting.
> _ Marco
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