From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Apr 30 2006 - 18:58:39 CST
MessageChristopher Key wrote:
> I've read the FAQ, and looked through the charts, but can't find what
> I'm looking for. What I'm trying to find is whether there is a
> Unicode character that should be displayed when the font doesn't
> contain a required character. In most applications, if a character is
> requested that isn't available in the current font, most applications
> will instead display an empty box. Essentially what I'm wondering is
> whether this box symbol is application specific, or font specific, and
> in the latter case, what the character symbol is. I'm aware of
> U+FFFD, but this is to cover the situation where the desired character
> isn't defined in Unicode, and hence is not what I'm looking for.
What you're looking for is not a character, but a glyph. As such, it's
out of scope for Unicode, a character encoding standard.
Fonts can display anything they like for the .notdef glyph, and in fact
it makes sense for that glyph *not* to correspond to any real character
that the font does support, to reduce confusion.
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California, USA http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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