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Re: glyph selection for Unicode in browsers

From: <Peter_Constable@sil.org>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 08:48:36 -0500
To: unicode@unicode.org, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF2DFF7A1B.57E8726B-ON86256C41.004B84E6@sil.org>

On 09/26/2002 08:55:18 PM Tex Texin wrote:

>Yes code page was not a good indicator of language, but it was used that
>way by some applications.
>And yes, Language should not dominate font selection, it should
>influence it. Other typographic preferences also must be accomodated.

I agree.

>In the case of HTML, XML, CSS, ways to specify typographic preferences
>exist, and language can be expressed via "lang". We just need browsers
>and other user agents to make use of the lang information as part of
>font selection.

The difficult question is How? Do we want some means (not codepage) to know
that certain fonts are suited to particular languages? Or do we want to
make use of smart-font capabilities to allow culturally-preferred glyphs to
be selected from a font? If the latter, then some more infrastructure still
needs to be developed within APIs and layout engines.

- Peter

Peter Constable

Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
Tel: +1 972 708 7485
E-mail: <peter_constable@sil.org>
Received on Friday, 27 September 2002 09:52:05 UTC

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