Re: Programmatic description of ideographic characters

From: Tom Emerson (
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 19:05:20 EST

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    Frank Yung-Fong Tang writes:
    > looks like an old idea people in Taiwan gave up long time
    > ago because of the issue of the quality of glyph will never be
    > good enough.

    Agreed. This is something that Knuth was quite interested in one time:
    he and I talked about it after one of my tutorials at IUC that he
    attended. Evidently he had done some work with this with a student
    several years ago, but the results were not good for many characters.

    It is interesting, insofar as every time there is a presentation about
    the IDCs someone expects that it is a simple matter to create glyphs
    from the descriptions. Lu Qin presented some (now defunct, IIRC) work
    at a recent IUC (I can't remember which one) about the use of the IDCs
    in Hong Kong for describing characters outside of Unicode or HKSCS.


    Tom Emerson                                          Basis Technology Corp.
    Software Architect                       
      "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you suck forever"

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