Re: Fonts across platforms....

From: Damon Anderson (
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 02:20:24 CDT

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    Having the pre-composed characters is a boon, and I would hope that UniKey
    is defaulting to precomposed specifically to avoid rendering issues. I've
    tried dozens of times to find a way to analyze the output from Unikey and
     from the more popular (but not free/open) Vietkey, but I have yet to find
    a decent text editor that allows me to view the actual encoding.

    Any suggestions on a tool that I can type into on Windows and then display
    the actual UTF-8 encoding?


    P.S. Also for all you Vietnamese/Linux/Unicode buffs out there... Any
    pointers on how to getting SKIM to actual work? I have to run a windows VM
    just to type Vietnamese currently.

    On Thu, 04 Jun 2009 10:29:42 +0700, Doug Ewell <> wrote:

    > Vietnamese, by my calculation, ranks 7th in number of native speakers
    > among languages primarily written in the Latin script. It has more
    > native speakers than Italian or Turkish or Polish, more than twice as
    > many as Romanian.
    > It is not unusual to see Vietnamese coded with at least some combination
    > of combining marks, not strictly in NFC.
    > I understand that it is difficult, in general, to get combining-mark
    > rendering to work properly in fonts and rendering engines. I hope
    > efforts are ongoing in the industry to improve this state of affairs and
    > not continue to rely solely on precomposed characters, particularly for
    > this widely used Latin-script language.
    > --
    > Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14
    > ˆ

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