From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Tue Mar 02 2004 - 14:54:17 EST

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    At 07:22 PM 3/1/2004, Kevin Brown wrote:
    >"Adam Twardoch" <> wrote:
    > >It doesn't matter whether a ligature is "mandatory" or not. Ligatures should
    > >not be encoded _at all_, and these encoded in the Alphabetic Presentation
    > >Forms are an uncomfortable compromise, and exception.
    >I completely accept that the vast majority of ligatures can be decomposed
    >into existing encoded characters without any loss of design integrity and
    >therefore the case for encoding them is weak (and probably non-existent
    >in the context of the new font technologies such as OpenType)
    >But can someone explain to me why a ligatures such as ct which CANNOT be
    >accurately decomposed into individual characters (at least, it can't if
    >it's designed PROPERLY) shouldn't be encoded in its own right?

    The reason is that font technology does not 'compose' ligatures, but
    substitutes one glyph sequence for another.


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