Date: Fri Mar 04 2005 - 20:06:14 CST
Peter Kirk wrote:
> But in effect, in the current situation these two
> situations can be dealt with only by the same mechanism: choose a
> suitable font.
Which leaves me wondering what all the Unicode work has been for -- since
that's hardly different from 8-bit fonts. With all this "higher level
formatting" why not just have "encoding" as one of those higher-level tags?
If you currently need a "Serbian Lucida (Grande)" font, and a "Bulgarian
Lucida (Grande)" font, and 20 other modern local variants of "Lucida (Grande)"
-- just add a "Latin Lucida (Grande)" and a "Greek Lucida (Grande)", and a
"CJK 1 Lucida (Grande)" and a "CJK 2 Lucida (Grande)", etc.
But I thought the whole Unicode ideal was to replace all those different fonts
with one single "Unicode Lucida (Grande)" font -- and not a font that contains
every abstract characterhood -- but a font that can actually display every
basic letterform needed for every writing system.
And that's more than an "ideal" if you have a handheld device with just one
hardwired Unicode font built in.
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