From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 12:20:55 EST
At 04:25 AM 3/11/2003, Pim Blokland wrote:
>I thought this was the graphics system's task, not the
>application's. I mean, am I not supposes to be able to simply write
>DrawString('olijfhofje') in my program and have QuickDraw do what it
>takes to ligaturize it all?
I should have written system or application. Some applications, e.g.
Adobe's contain their own layout and graphics engines, other applications
make use of system resources. From your comments, I take it you are a Mac
user, so your situation is more complicated still: some apps, like Adobe's,
are centered on OpenType technology, others make use of system resources
centered on AAT (Apple's font technology, formerly GX). The former is,
currently, limited to Adobe apps on the Mac, but there are lots of OT fonts
now available; the latter is system wide, but there are almost no AAT fonts
>And in that case, it doesn't really matter if the font contains PUA
>codepoints or not. Provided the font's ligature tables are OK, it's
>just as legal to have an fj at, say, U+E70B, as it is to have an fi
>As long as you don't actually put a 0xE70B character in your text.
If you don't intend to use the PUA codepoint in text, there really is no
point in having it at all.
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or by force. - Michael Apostolis, 1467
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