From: Donald Z. Osborn (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jul 03 2005 - 21:18:18 CDT
Noting the recent release of a Unicode version of the AfroRoman font by
Linguist's Software and the apparent evolution of Ecological Linguistics Fonts
(an outfit I was not previously aware of) to Unicode versions, I'm wondering
what can be said generally about the use of the Unicode standard by font
developers/companies who focus on serving the academic community and especially
linguists. (Has this lagged with regard to adoption of Unicode? Or on the
contrary has it been at cutting edge? Or has this relative position changed?
Are these operations pretty much isolated [as it sometimes seems] from other
commercial and open-source operations?)
I'm looking mainly at the other side of the equation - linguists/academics and
their use of Unicode - and often as not linguists, like specialists in other
fields and the general public, use what's available or stay with what they had
initial success with years ago. So the role of suppliers seems more or less as
important of that of demand for at least "routine" academic work with diverse
languages (by which I mean all the teaching and research uses short of special
projects like online dictionaries).
Any comments or thoughts are welcome. TIA...
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