Dot shapes varying fontwise (was: "Re: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog")

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (
Date: Tue May 06 2003 - 09:59:33 EDT

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    On 2003.05.06, 09:08, William Overington
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    > U+1E03 LATIN SMALL LETTER B WITH DOT ABOVE is implemented as a glyph
    > in a font, should the dot always be round regardless of the general
    > design of the character set or may the dot be implemented as a shape
    > in the general style of the font please?

    I'd expect so. Typical sans fonts have square dots in the appropriate
    glyphs (U+0021, U+002E, U+003A, U+003B, U+003F, U+0069, U+006A, U+00AB,
    U+00F7, U+00AB, U+0308, U+2024, U+2026 et c.), while usual serif fonts
    have them with discs.

    (FWIW, I'd use a canonincal example in the question above -- not U+1E03
    but U+0062 U+0307.)

    The same for U+0307, U+0310, U+0323, U+0324 and U+0344 (oops -- the
    latter is not canonical; speaking of which: why U+310 isn't decomposable
    as U+0306 U+0301?...)

    The same question can be posed for commas and comma based symbols (quote
    marks et c.) -- the diacriticals U+0312, U+0313 = U+0343, U+0314,
    U+0315, U+0326 and perhaps U+031B IMO should have square "blobs" in sans
    fonts and round ones in serif fonts.

    Other latin/cyrillic/greek alphabet diacriticals seem to vary only in
    minor details (or nothing at all) with font family changes (with the
    obvious exception of the U+0363 - U+036F range...).

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