RE: Encoded rendering instructions (was Unicode's Mandate)

From: Jon Hanna (
Date: Sat Mar 05 2005 - 19:41:39 CST

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    > 1) What do you think from an encoding point of view?

    This sounds like mark-up that could be performed in various ways (I would go
    for XML, but we all have our differing biases). As such it would be a
    document-type that would use Unicode, but wouldn't be a Unicode plain-text

    > 2) Would any of the major text rendering systems even consider
    > implementing such a system if it were encoded? By implement,
    > I mean, for
    > example, in plain text draw all of the letter "A" as normal,
    > except its
    > lower right corner in a lighter shade to indicate damage there.

    I think I would approach this problem by using an existing text-rendering
    system in an application that then performed the necessary adjustments to
    alter then rendering of said characters. With some scripts that'd be easy,
    with others less so, but even in the latter case this seems (after thinking
    about it for all of 20seconds I'll admit) more reasonable than expecting
    major text-rendering systems to adapt to such a relatively specialised case.

    Jon Hanna
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