From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 05 2003 - 18:49:12 EDT
At 03:06 PM 5/5/2003, Peter_Constable@sil.org wrote:
>No, I'm sorry, I had misunderstood your intent since it sounded like you
>were asking for arbitrary extensions of a basic character set. Actually,
>what might be most helpful would be to identify an extended Latin set and
>be able to say, "support this in your font and it will be adequate for all
>these European languages..." or "...all these African languages..." etc.
>But that takes a bit of work for any sizeable number of languages.
Of course it requires more work than adding support for one or two
additional languages, but in the long run it avoids the extra time and
frustration having to constantly update fonts in response to requests for
more languages. Supporting a wide range of languages from the outset also
avoids the user confusion and frustration that often results from having
multiple versions of the same font in circulation, each with a different
character set. The character set required to support all of the modern
European languages that use the Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts is now
well established and documented. To assist font developers designing for
this character set (including script-specific subsets), I developed a set
of FontLab support files (encoding, glyph naming, and glyph-to-Unicode
mapping) last year, which Adam Twardoch makes available with his glyph
renaming FontLab 'steroid' at http://steroids.fontlab.net/
We're currently beta testing an updated set of glyph-to-Unicode mapping
files for Unicode 4.0, and these should be available soon.
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