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Re: mathvariant vs. plane 1

From: Bruce Miller <bruce.miller@nist.gov>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 17:29:21 -0400
Message-id: <4A47E0B1.7060209@nist.gov>
To: neils@dessci.com
Cc: www-math@w3.org
Neil Soiffer wrote:
> 
>     Or are there any pending developments that
>     would improve the situation in some of the
>     browsers?
> 
> I added the other plane one alphabetics to MathPlayer's development 
> version a month ago or so... or at least I think I did.  Three weeks of 
> vacation washed a lot of details from my mind.  I have no estimate as to 
> when that version will be released.

Ah, now that is interesting news! Thanks!
Would that be support out-of-the-box
(ie with whatever fonts MathPlayer includes),
or would it require extra fonts to be present?

This would suggest that within the near future
delivering plane-1 codepoints is likely to be
more useful for the web than mathvariant.
[It would seem to be more straightforward
for Opera's CSS engine, although it doesn't yet
completely support plane-1]

A downside of plane-1 is that when it doesn't work
you get red "?" or boxes, rather than a potentially
misleading wrong letter --- so maybe it's an upside,
after all?

I wonder how readers will react...


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