RE: Precomposed Tibetan

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Dec 17 2002 - 19:52:30 EST

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    At 01:32 PM 12/17/2002, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    >Peter Lofting asked:
    > > Presumedly the present proposal of 900+ stacks is a maturation of the
    > > same system. And the claim for universality is based on it being able
    > > to typeset everything they have published to-date.
    >It is based on the Founders system software, as Michael mentioned.

    Steve Hartwell -- who has worked with Peter in the past on Tibetan
    implementation for Apple -- and I met two people from Founders at the
    Microsoft OpenType seminar in August. Their understanding of Tibetan seemed
    to be heavily influenced by preconceptions based on Chinese scripts
    (including setting the glyphs on fixed ideographic widths) and ignored the
    nature of the Indic scripts that influenced the development of Tibetan.
    Ironically, considering this Chinese proposal based on the Founders system,
    the representatives we met with very quickly understood the value of the
    OpenType glyph substitution and positioning that Steve explained to them,
    and immediately saw the value of this technology in handling Tibetan stack
    formation. So it is possible that while this new proposal might find
    support for reasons of backwards compatibility and handling of existing
    data, Founders themselves might begin to treat Tibetan as the complex
    script it is.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

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