From: James Kass (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Oct 12 2007 - 12:04:35 CDT
Mark Davis wrote,
>Your chart example means absolutely zilch.
Chart example? What chart example? I suppose you mean the
character map application example in which "zilch" is that
which is gained.
> In the Unicode charts, space is
>given by a box with SP in it; tab is given by a box with HT in it;
>zero-width joiner is given by a box with ZWJ in it. That simply doesn't mean
>that a page should be littered with boxes (or moral equivalents thereto)
>instead of invisible gaps for space or tab, or that ZWJ's in a position
>where the adjacent characters cannot be joined should show up as boxes.
Right. It doesn't mean that. It also doesn't mean that a
user should be barred from selecting a font which does exactly
that, though, if that's what the user wants.
As mentioned before, it is *Microsoft* which recommends fonts
include a display glyph for isolated ZWJ's, not me.
And, this recommendation comes from Microsoft's *typography*
specifications, which is where it belongs!
>It is perfectly appropriate to have these kinds of visual appearances in a
>chart, or in a Show Hidden mode. But they are just wrong for normal usage;
>it's not the expected appearance to see SP, HT, and ZWJ boxes on a page
>instead of their being invisible.
Again, if the user selects a font which uses such boxes, then the
user is NOT expecting invisibility. And, again, populating charts
*is* one of many normal uses of a font.
>The VS is a *request* for a specific glyph variant, out of the many that
>might be appropriate for a character. If that specific glyph variant is not
>available, it is perfectly correct and desired to see another appropriate
>variant instead. In that respect, it is like a joiner between characters
>that can't join. You don't want to see a box.
I know what I want to see.
Now, if I understand your paragraph above correctly, if a user
enters (base) + (VS2) and the system displays (base) + (VS3),
that's perfectly correct? *That* doesn't sound right, either.
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