From: Arne Götje (高盛華) (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 05 2007 - 18:00:34 CST
On Tuesday 06 February 2007 01:26, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> You have forgotten to speak about:
> * the use of parentheses: A/(B+C)
> * the use of ideograph description characters (ICD) as binary
> operators: ** A surrounds/encloses B
> ** A borders B (on several sides)
> ** A overlaps B (several overlapping positions)
> Why not using the IDC symbols instead of "+" and "/" for horizontal
> and vertical stacking?
I'm currently helping out to do exactly that... converting it to IDS.
> I note that the use of "-" is quite smart (better than not using it,
> and displaying a "?" for a missing radical.
For the missing components (they are not radicals!), I'd suggest, we
collect them and encode them en-bloc in the BMP (probably at the end of
the CJK block (U+4E00 ~ U+9FFF). Reason: 1. there is still enough space
for that, 2. the components do not need to go through IRG, 3. the
components are mainly used for IDS, I haven't seen them yet for any
Problem would be: they don't have radicals, so they won't really fit
into the standard radical/stroke schema.
However, they do have CCCI (?) Codes, and therefor IMHO should be
encoded into Unicode...
If you guys prefer to put them into the CJK Strokes block, it's also
fine for me... just please, let's encode them... no more '?' and '-'
when decomposing CJK characters!
> Such indications would help reducing the number of internal subglyphs
> really needed in a font to compact its total size: without such glyph
> transformation, the font would just need to rescale the component
> glyph box to create the composed ideograph (in fact the same technic
> can also be used also to reduce a lot the size of a Hangul font,
> however these composition patterns are more strictly degined in
> Hangul by the canonical decomposition of syllables into jamos,
> because each jamo has a single and wellknown horizontal or vertical
> composition rule, making the use of binary operators like above
Uhh... please don't!!! Have you ever seen CJK fonts which use scaling to
compose missing characters? They look *ugly*! The stem width is
different and the whole character just looks odd. Your approach would
probably only work for stroke based fonts. But any Song or Kai style
font (which are most common for Chinese texts) cannot use this
approach. So, please don't even think of it. :)
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