Re: Proofreading fonts

From: Gregg Reynolds (
Date: Mon Jul 11 2005 - 13:39:22 CDT

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    Asmus Freytag wrote:
    > At 04:54 AM 7/11/2005, Gregg Reynolds wrote:
    > I've been waiting for you to come up with a hard case. Here's one: if

    Will do. Real Soon Now. ;) Unfortunately, it's not exactly a Unicode
    case; it comes from a speculative design for Arabic encoding. But still
    I think it's an interesting graphic design problem.

    All the stuff you mention is of course the Right Way To Go for 99% of
    the world. I always like to have a by-hand fallback, however. I was
    using Babelpad to do some proofreading of a semi-customized text/font
    combination. (Babelpad shows the Unicode number and name of the char
    under cursor). I found a few cases where the underlying text data
    didn't map to the expected glyph. So I thought, it would be way better
    to have a font that reveals stuff like that directly, instead of having
    to inspect character codes and names.

    One of the other posters mentioned an app that shows decomposed forms as
    two distinct chars, e.g. a^ instead of . That still doesn't work,
    because it doesn't tell you if the ^ is a combining char or not. If it
    had the little dotted circle under it it would work (I've seen this in
    various programs but I forget which). But I was thinking more along the
    lines of a font that would show both composed and decomposed versions
    using (nearly) the same glyph, but would somehow signal that one is
    composed and the other isn't. For example, you could make the interior
    of the a (the ear? I forget the term) black, or put a little cross in
    there, or something like that. Then it would be very easy to read the
    text and still see what the underlying structure is. And you'd really
    only need one such font, since it wouldn't be designed for printing or
    normal viewing. It could be ghastly and still work.



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