Re: glyph selection for Unicode in browsers

Date: Sun Sep 29 2002 - 13:53:14 EDT

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    > But should there not be some (possibly user-overridable) relationship
    > between an NLS or similar tag (e.g. "lang" in HTML or xml:lang) and one of
    > these so that a browser or word-processing app that knows what "language"
    > (e.g. what RFC 3066 tag) is applied to the data can tell the
    > layout/rendering sub-system what OT "language-system" tags to apply
    > (assuming some API exists to do so)? Surely that is where we want to move
    > toward.

    I think the idea is that, in a word processor for example, something
    like 'Typographic system' would be set by the user as an independent layout
    control, not directly linked to 'language'. This enables the user to select a
    language to use for sorting, spellchecking, etc. (character level text
    handling), and separately select a set of typographic conventions (glyph level
    text display).

    I suppose some developers may choose to pursue the direction you suggest, e.g.
    relating default typographic conventions to the user's language setting.

    I just make the fonts :)

    John Hudson

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