Re: Single Unicode Font

From: Tom Gewecke (
Date: Wed May 23 2001 - 13:12:31 EDT

On Wednesday, May 23, 2001, at 08:06 AM, John Jenkins wrote:

> In any event, what do people perceive as being the advantage of having
> a single font that covers the whole standard as opposed to a small
> suite of fonts that cover it?
> (I'm also speaking from a prejudiced position, because Apple's font
> fallback mechanism makes it unnecessary to explicitly set the font for
> a particular character in order to see it.)

To me it seems basically administrative. One big font means I don't
have to make sure I have all the "necessary" (the definition of which
could change over time) members of the "suite" installed on my personal
machine or on every machine in the lab or library.

(What does Apple's font fallback mechanism do when a character exists in
more than one installed font, i.e. how does it choose which glyph to

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