Re: Character Identity and Font Selection

From: William_J_G Overington (
Date: Wed Jun 08 2011 - 11:20:25 CDT

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    On Wednesday 8 June 2011, Otto Stolz <> wrote:
    > I guess it is too late now to dis-unify the two quotation marks discussed supra.
    My solution would be to define two new quotation marks, clearly distinguished each from the other and advise semi-deprecation of the one in use at present, namely U+201C. In that way, people authoring new text would gradually use the correct new quotation mark and some older text could be edited.
    > Eventally, fonts having oblique-stroke shaped quotation marks should provide two glyphs for U+201C; rendering software should be able to choose the correct glyph, based on data about the language of the text to be rendered; and text-processing software should provide such data to the rendering software.
    If disunification takes place, then people could author in plain text, confident that a correct Unicode implementation using a basic font would display their text as intended.
    William Overington
    8 June 2011

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