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

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 18:21:07 -0700

On 7/17/2011 12:19 PM, Doug Ewell wrote:
> Asmus wrote:
>> The reason is, of course, because these codes would *reinterpret* existing characters. You could argue that Variation Selectors do the same, but they are carefully constructed so that they can be safely ignored.
> Variation selectors don't change the interpretation of characters, only their visual appearance.

The process of display is part of the more general concept of
"interpretation" as this term is used in the Unicode Standard.


PS: and variation selectors don't necessarily even "change" the visual
appearance of a character. If the glyph shape for the given character in
the selected font already matches or falls into the glyphic subspace
indicated by the variation sequence, then you would not observe any
change. (Ditto for display processes that don't support variation
selectors, but that's a whole different kettle of fish).
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