Precomposed Glyphs (was Re: Saudi-Arabian Copyright sign )

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Fri Sep 24 2004 - 04:14:04 CDT

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    On Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:45:53 +0100, Peter Kirk wrote:
    > If there were such a list, font designers could indeed design
    > precomposed glyphs for each of the tens of thousands of graphemes on it.
    > But I suspect that they would prefer to specify a programmatic way of
    > making most of the combinations, except for rather common ones. And
    > users will prefer this as they won't want huge fonts mostly full of
    > extremely rare precomposed glyphs.

    They will if they're Tibetan, as using precomposed glyphs is the only solution
    if you want to produce professional quality Tibetan text display (cf. the recent
    Unicode Tibetan fonts Ximalaya and Tibetan Machine Uni, which each have many
    thousands of precomposed Tibetan glyphs).

    And does anyone actually care what size a font is anyway, just as long as it
    displays complex characters nicely ?


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