Re: Run-time checking of fonts for Sinhala support

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Sep 06 2009 - 14:09:06 CDT

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    "Harshula" <harshula at gmail dot com> wrote:

    > Taking these *realities* into account the operating system needs to
    > have an *intelligent* way to determine if a particular font is
    > sufficiently complete to be used for the UI. On some operating systems
    > there is already a layer/mechanism that is responsible for doing
    > exactly that.

    Note that people are not necessarily saying it's a bad idea for an
    operating system to do this type of runtime checking, if it can be done
    efficiently and effectively. Users obviously want text in their
    language to be displayed correctly.

    Where you are running into resistance on this list is where you argue
    that the checking MUST be done for compliance with a national standard,
    and where your posts blur the distinction between (a) whether you feel
    it is important for an OS to do the checking and (b) whether the
    standard actually requires it.

    Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
    RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14  |  ietf-languages @

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