Date: Thu Apr 10 2003 - 16:19:40 EDT
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> Hi, ᑖᓂᓯ ᐁᑿ!
> Thanks for your emails.
> The font designer that I was using at the time (FontLab) showed that the
> range after Syllabics was Undefined, so I thought that it would be ok to
> use it. Originally, I had put all of the extra characters in the Private
> Use zone, but Microsoft Word would always recognise these private zone
> characters as Chinese or Korean, so putting them in the zone after
> Syllabics seemed a workable solution at the time.
> However, when I learned that this zone was in fact designated for other
> orthographies, I mentioned on the website that putting the extra characters
> in Mongolian etc. was not permanent, and that once Open type could be used,
> that this would be the best answer. When this happens, there will be no
> need to have characters in other ranges, just the normal Syllabics range
> plus language codes or non-spacing accents.
> I will be putting up the new font in a week or so (I hope), and completely
> revamp the website. The new font has ALL of the extra glyphs in the
> Private use zone. My goal was to get the Native languages on the internet
> as soon as I could, and that there would definitively be some changes. I
> know about many of the technical problems of my decision, and I am doing my
> best to fix the problem.
> As for expanding Unicode to take account of the 'missing characters', I now
> believe that Opentype can take care of most of this, although there are a
> few symbols that ought to be uniquely encoded. I would be most interested
> to make a proposal, and any advice on how to do this would be appreciated.
> I apologise to anyone who has used the font expecting it to perform in ways
> it is clearly unable. I would appreciate any feedback or suggestions, my
> purpose here is to make the font as useful as possible to everyone, and not
> to by any means pigeon-hole Native language users.
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