Re: A font question

From: Douglas Davidson (
Date: Thu May 29 2008 - 14:12:36 CDT

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    On May 29, 2008, at 11:57 AM, John H. Jenkins wrote:

    > TrueType (TTF) fonts cannot contain more than 65536 glyphs. Since
    > there are over 100,000 graphic characters in Unicode 5.1 (and over
    > 75,000 Han ideographs alone), there is no such font and cannot be.

    Furthermore, even if it were possible, it would still probably be
    better over the long run to bite the bullet and accept the necessity
    of dealing with (a) multiple fonts, and (b) characters not covered by
    any available font. The characters of Unicode come from so many
    different stylistic traditions that placing them all into a single
    font would be necessarily something of an artificial exercise;
    employing individual fonts designed for the writing systems they
    handle is far more natural. Furthermore, once you finally achieve the
    coverage you want, a new version of Unicode will come along, or a PUA
    character will make its way into your data, and you will have to deal
    with uncovered characters anyway.

    Douglas Davidson

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