Re: Last Resort Glyphs (was: About the European MES-2 subset)

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Sun Jul 20 2003 - 09:20:12 EDT

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    On Sunday, July 20, 2003 2:21 PM, Michael Everson <> wrote:

    > > With SVG graphics containing character objects and drawing
    > > primitives
    > I have no idea what this means. I used Fontographer.

    SVG is a W3C-promoted standard for Scalable Vector Graphics,
    based on a XML language, and allowing to describe vector
    graphics with 2D primitives, and it can be used to produce
    custom "fonts" of symbols, in a more appealing way than with

    A SVG graphic can be used at the source URL of an <img />
    or <object /> element within HTML. Most vectorial graphic tool
    can generate or conert their proprietary format with SVG, used
    as a lingua franca for vector graphics interchanges (deprecating
    legacy proprietary formats like MacDraw and WMF, or the many
    other formats created by every drawing tool on the market).

    SVG graphics are now very popular and recognized by many
    publishing layout engines, and they are great for many websites
    that wish to compute and generate dynamic graphics (because
    these graphics can be updated online with its DOM tree, and
    easily generated from templates by XSLT processors).

    The palette of SVG primitives is rich and includes many
    presentation features (including colors, shading, transparency
    effects, regions combining operators). Recent versions of
    MS-Office use SVG within their new XML document format to
    embed graphics, or presentation effects, without the limitations
    of HTML.

    When I look at the Apple's Developer page, all what I see in
    the table of glyphs and in the description can be represented
    with a SVG graphic, including Unicode-encoded text primitives
    for the representative glyph chosen in their table. In a first
    approach, each defined PostScript name can be bound to
    a SVG filename, and a font can be made from it, by packing
    all these SVG in a ZIP archive, which can also contain
    description tables. Then any font format can be derived from
    this editable format.

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