Re: OpenType update for Unicode 5.2/6.0?

From: Saqqara (
Date: Thu Oct 14 2010 - 08:26:51 CDT

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    ο»ΏPleased to hear the tag list is being updated. Will the 4 character tags follow ISO 15924 (as I'm assuming)? If so at least we all write code and mark up fonts accordingly then sit back and wait for system software support, browsers etc. to kick in.

    My reading of the OFF standard is the tag set can be extended by the registrar (i.e. Microsoft) without the need for a new rev. of the full ISO standard. Is this correct?

    Traditionally, support for new versions of Unicode has been slow in coming, in part for product lifecycle reasons. For Microsoft, Unicode 5.0 for Windows was associated with Vista release if I'm not mistaken (which I may well be!). Anyhow, seems to me now that with the internet browser standards focus of IE9 etc. and the flood of mobile devices - Windows Phone 7 (and for all I know Windows Slate 7) v Android v iOS etc. - this tradition has come to an end and a more agile approach is needed for commercial relevance. I mention this on Can you say anything on this topic from the Microsoft perspective? Love to hear any views from Google and Apple too.

    Bob Richmond
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Peter Constable
      To: John H. Jenkins ; Unicode ML
      Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:39 PM
      Subject: RE: OpenType update for Unicode 5.2/6.0?

      We are in the process of updating the tags to sync with Unicode 6.0. This has to be coordinated with the ISO Open Font Format standard, so may take a little time.





      From: [] On Behalf Of John H. Jenkins
      Sent: Monday, October 11, 2010 9:32 AM
      To: Unicode ML
      Subject: Re: OpenType update for Unicode 5.2/6.0?


      You might start with at


      On Oct 11, 2010, at 5:11 AM, Saqqara wrote:

      Given that OpenType is the de-facto standard for fonts, it is disappointing to see the 'Script tag' list for OpenType has not been updated in almost three years. I'm a patient person but the lack of inclusion of new scripts in Unicode 5.2 a year after the fact seems like carelessness. I've elaborated a little further on my jtotobsc blog, see


      My particular interest being π“Œƒπ“‚§π“π“―π“€π“ͺπ“†Žπ“…“π“Š– (mdt-kmt, the Egyptian language in hieroglyphs).


      Any ideas who needs to be prodded to make an update happen? It would also be very useful if HTML5/WOFF could spec Unicode 6.0 or later as a step towards a multiscript web.


      Bob Richmond






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      John H. Jenkins


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