Re: Revised proposal for "Missing character" glyph

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Wed Aug 28 2002 - 09:39:27 EDT

Kenneth Whistler wrote the following at 2:01 PM on Mon, Aug 26, 2002:

>And an approach which strikes me as a much more useful and extensible
>way to deal with this would be the concept of a "What's This?"
>text accessory. Essentially a small tool that a user could select
>a piece of text with (think of it like a little magnifying glass,
>if you will), which will then pop up the contents selected, deconstructed
>into its character sequence explicitly.

Good idea - the big attraction being extensibility. But a detraction is
that it would typically mean multiple, or at least explicit, deployment
at the application level on any given platform. (I'm presuming such a
system service would present an optional API to application developers,
who may or may not be using higher level system services for rendering
text). But a font-based approach, being lower level, would be inherited
by all software including that which bypasses all but the lowest level
system services - there's nothing for application developers to do in
such a scenario.

Seems like it would be nice to have both solutions.


Dean A. Snyder
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