Re: RE: Character identities

From: David Starner (
Date: Tue Oct 29 2002 - 22:29:08 EST

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    On Tue, Oct 29, 2002 at 08:53:59PM -0500, Jim Allan wrote:
    > Using the Unicode method makes far more sense than creating fonts that
    > work for particular languages only, provided no foreign words or names
    > appear, or which require language tagging.

    Why does the Unicode method exclude creating fonts that work for
    particular language only? A lot of fontmakers specialize in the one
    purpose font, and may not want or need to put in the time to cover
    multiple languages.

    > Marco's desire to use a font to indicate combining superscript einstead
    > of the way Unicode wants it done seems prompted because currently most
    > Unicode fonts do not currently support the combinining superscript
    > characters and he wishes a fallback to normal diaeresis instead of to an
    > undefined character indicator.

    It was my wish, and it had nothing to do with that. I was looking at the
    book mentioned in my first message, which was printed in 1920 and yet
    used the superscript e instead of an umlaut. I thought about encoding
    that font in a computer, and then about printing a text in the font. If
    I take a sample German text, and want to print it in this font, why
    should I have to change the text? The text hasn't changed, just the
    presentation. While _I_ could change the text, the average user would
    probably find it prohibatively complex, and even if walked throught it,
    would be frustrated to have to put so much work into it.

    As for the concerns brought up by you and Marc, I find them absurd in
    this case. This font won't support other languages, because the book
    doesn't have the glyphs for them. (Not even or , if you're one of the
    people who think English needs them.) The font's not made for academic
    or scholarly work, and even if I were to encode the a-e in an a-e slot,
    it probably won't have a proper a-diaresis.

    David Starner -
    Great is the battle-god, great, and his kingdom--
    A field where a thousand corpses lie. 
      -- Stephen Crane, "War is Kind"

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