From: "11 digit boy" <email@example.com>
> Why does Unicode only have space for 1114112 glyphs?
Unicode only defines characters, not glyphs.
> That is 1114112, I think.
Something like that. It looks nicer in hex.
> You ever notice how characters in different writing systems seem to be
made out of only a small number of parts? Like if you write an N backwards,
you get a Russian vowel, or if you write a five with the top stroke shorter
and tilted a little bit, with the tilt just right, you get a hiragana ra?
I suppose. Generally speaking, people do not think of it that way. This is a
(IMHO) dangerous practice of trying to explain one language/script in terms
> Do font makers ever use this? Like with the five and the ra?
Perhaps they do, but generally speaking they would be doing a huge
disservice to a script to take this route, and add a layer of complexity in
terms of new operations like rotation, flipping, etc. I am inclined
tobelieve that they do not.
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