From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jan 01 2003 - 14:00:36 EST
At 02:00 AM 1/1/2003, Kevin Brown wrote:
> >David Lemon at Adobe mentioned to me during the summer that Adobe was
> >considering ditching the AFII-based names in the AGL and using uniXXXX
> >names instead for things like Arabic, since having two human-unfriendly
> >numbering systems, one of them totally obsolete, is really daft. I don't
> >know if they've followed through on that...
>Maybe they are in fact following through on that, and this new version of
>the AGL is "transitional" ie it has both the old (afii) and new
>(human-friendly) glyph names mapped to the same codepoints, as in your
No, you misunderstand me. The proposal was to replace the AFII number names
by using uniXXXX names, not introducing new human-friendly names.
> ... and then in the next AGL version only the new human-friendly glyph
>names will be there, completing the transition.
>If this is the strategy, it would follow that AGL 2.0 is probably an
>INTENTIONAL public release.
No, this doesn't make any sense at all. The whole point of the AGL is that
it includes *machine*-friendly names (which may or may not also be
human--friendly: 'Alpha' is human-friendly, 'AFII10456' is not) that are
recognised by ATM, Distiller, etc. Introducing new human-friendly names
into the AGL is simply a recipe for breaking existing software. This is why
I'm inclined to think that the posted AGL is erroneous, unless it is
actually true that the software in question already recognises these names
and we simply didn't know it.
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