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Re: glyph selection for Unicode in browsers

From: Tex Texin <tex@i18nguy.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 10:37:45 -0400
Message-ID: <3D946D39.2CFBD1C8@i18nGuy.com>
To: Peter_Constable@sil.org
CC: unicode@unicode.org, WWW International <www-international@w3.org>



Peter_Constable@sil.org wrote:
> 
> On 09/26/2002 08:55:18 PM Tex Texin wrote:
> >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? 

Fonts already span multiple languages, so by itself would not work.

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.

I think yes. Whereas api relied on codepages either implicitly or
explicitly, this needs to be reexamined and language should be allowed
to play a suitable role in glyph selection and font selection.




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