Re: Why people still want to encode precomposed letters

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Nov 18 2008 - 13:25:59 CST

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    Andrew West wrote:

    >> Which of course begs the question where such guidance should be kept .

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    Something like a list of named sequences would be useful as a reference
    of *known* base+mark combinations likely to occur in text, and as such
    would be useful for font developers employing many-to-one glyph
    substitution ('ligation') to provide precomposed glyphs for such
    sequences. But dynamic mark positioning using anchors is a much more
    flexible approach, and has the benefit of being able to support
    arbitrary combinations of bases and marks, such that one doesn't need to
    know what sequences are more or less likely to occur in text.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
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