Re: Q with dot above becomes P in some fonts

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Sep 20 2009 - 11:48:58 CDT

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    António MARTINS-Tuválkin <antonio at tuvalkin dot web dot pt> wrote:

    > While trying to convince a correspondent that base letter + combining
    > mark is the way to go for his orthography, I come across the
    > unexpected phenomenon that some fonts render U+0051 U+0307 as a "P"
    > with dot above, instead of "Q" with dot above.
    > This happens in several programs (MS Excel, MS Word, f.i., but not,
    > say, in BabelMap), in Windows XP SP2 environment.

    I don't see this in Word 2003 running under XP SP3, using any of Arial,
    Arial Unicode MS, Courier New, Lucida Sans Unicode, Segoe UI, Tahoma,
    Trebuchet MS, or Verdana. I didn't try other fonts. Excel 2003 was a
    less useful experiment, since font substitutions were rampant, but in no
    case did I see a P.

    Not all of the renderings were, shall we say, visually optimal, but
    that's not what we were testing here.

    My Uniscribe version is 1.0420.2600.5512. This is either a font problem
    or a problem with a version of Uniscribe earlier than mine. It might
    have been an issue in SP2 that was fixed in SP3.

    Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
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