Re: 'No Character' symbol

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Sun Apr 30 2006 - 20:54:56 CST

On Apr 30, 2006, at 1:56 PM, Christopher Key wrote:

> Hello,
> 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.

There is no such 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.

It's actually font-specific (at least in TrueType/OpenType fonts).
It typically corresponds to no character in the font; it's a
character-less glyph.

John H. Jenkins

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