Last Resort Font

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Aug 19 2003 - 15:45:39 EDT

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    At 15:04 -0400 2003-08-19, James H. Cloos Jr. wrote:
    > >>>>> "John" == John Jenkins <> writes:
    >John> (Apple's LastResort font [contains every Unicode character],
    >John> of course, but by virtually of rampant reuse of glyphs.)
    >Does this Generate glyphs like the following ascii- & utf8-art?

    No. It generates much much better glyphs than that. See

    >I find it interesting, if so, that Apple uses a font to acheive that
    >rather than a bit of code in the rendering libs.

    What Mac OS X does is when it encounters a Unicode character, it sees
    if it's in the current font. If it's not, it starts looking through
    all the other fonts until it finds one that is suitable. The Last
    Resort Font has glyphs for all the characters, so it's the last one
    looked at.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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