Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 05:47:48 EST
C.T.M. Jacobs wrote,
> And yet Tengwar seems to redefine the ASCII range ...
Not Tengwar itself, of course, but rather the various font developers
who have made these "custom-encoded" fonts.
The less charitable among us call such fonts "hack fonts".
Many examples exist, and such redefinition of the ASCII ranges
predates the Unicode Standard. During the 1980's, before the
Unicode Standard, and even into the 90's, when Unicode support
was minimal, font developers and end users really didn't have
any other option. Such custom encoding was quite common.
Now that we all know better (smile) we should avoid making
custom encoded fonts. The developers of such fonts (who are
still making and maintaining these fonts) should be urged to
make conformant fonts. Custom encoded fonts will be phased
out, eventually. Meanwhile, there are still some great archives
of non-Standard fonts, and users of antiquated computers can
still find such fonts useful in a limited fashion.
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