From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jun 11 2005 - 14:12:43 CDT
Chris Jacobs wrote:
>>Please explain in what way HTML could require a multicolour ligature?
> By requiring that a certain piece of text which already in plaintext was
> required to form a ligature, that this same text must also be multicolor.
If this is an actual ligature, i.e. a single glyph representing multiple characters, this
is not possible*. You can't apply multiple colours to a single glyph. Of course, one could
produce something that looked like a multicolour ligature by using two separate glyphs
that are designed to visually resemble a ligated form when placed next to each other, but
at that point you are not talking about a technical ligature any more.
* The partial exception would be the Photofont format, in which each glyph is a JPEG
graphic. Photofonts support colour internally, but not colouration; that is, you are
limited to the colours provided by the font developer. In a Photofont, one could make a
bi-colour ligature glyph, but one wouldn't have any means to access this glyph that
corresponds to colouration controls in apps or browsers.
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