Re: Quick survey of Apple symbol fonts (in context of the Wingding/Webding proposal)

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 10:51:09 +0100

On 15 Jul 2011, at 09:47, Andrew West wrote:

> I am agnostic on all the symbols, but would say a definite No to encoding graphic clones of all the format (gc=Cf), space (gc=Zs) and separator (gc=Zl|Zp) characters shown on pages 3, 8 and 9 of that
> document. It is not necessary, and would set a bad precedent for always encoding all format and space characters in duplicate, once as a visible character and once as an invisible character.

I disagree. The standard already has which is little different.

> If you want a font to display a visible glyph for a format or space character then you should just map the glyph to its character in the font, as many fonts already do for certain format characters.

Sometimes I might want to show a dotted box for NBSP and sometimes a real NBSP. Or many other characters. Or show a RTL and LTR override character without actually overriding the text. You'd need a picture for that, because just putting in a glyph for it would also override the text.

Michael Everson *
Received on Fri Jul 15 2011 - 04:53:07 CDT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.2.0 : Fri Jul 15 2011 - 04:53:07 CDT