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Re: Character-distinguishing fonts

From: Andrew Cunningham <andrewc@vicnet.net.au>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 21:44:02 +1000 (EST)
Message-ID: <c1ec75fd19b750b18d59d6ed4c7ac270.squirrel@newmail.vicnet.net.au>
To: "Martin Duerst" <duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp>
Cc: "Jonathan Pool" <pool@utilika.org>, www-international@w3.org

Hi Martin

certain limitations with this approach. It requires a web browser to be
aware of fonts per script. Firefox had severe limitations on setting
default fonts for various scripts.

IE on Windows is limited to scripts supported by mlang.dll. There are also
bugs in mlang.dll that prevent internet explorer identifying Myanmar and
Tibetan script fonts. Only way around that is by editing the relevant
registry settings.


On Sat, August 2, 2008 7:19 pm, Martin Duerst wrote:
> I think that in the major browsers and word processers,
> you can select the actual font per script. For example,
> in Opera, you can use Tools -> Preferences -> Advanced ->
> Fonts -> International Fonts...
> This will allow you to create a combined font that distinguishes
> scripts the way you prefer it. Using strong distinctions
> between fonts may be good to recognize spoofing attacks,
> but it's not necessarily very aesthetic, so it may be
> better if individuals patch together what they see as
> acceptable, rather than fonts being created with the
> intent to please everyone.
> Regards,    Martin.
> At 08:48 08/08/01, Jonathan Pool wrote:
>>> Should not
>>> use of fonts which clearly distinguish the different letters and
>>> scripts be
>>> adviced in these regards?
>>At least while editing multiscript documents where all characters might
>>appear, I would be very happy to use a set of fonts that visually
>> distinguish
>>all Unicode characters. That would include distinguishing 0061 from 0430,
>> 02BC
>>from 2019, 2130 from 05D0, 00F5 from 006F+0303, etc. etc.
> #-#-#  Martin J. Du"rst, Assoc. Professor, Aoyama Gakuin University
> #-#-#  http://www.sw.it.aoyama.ac.jp       mailto:duerst@it.aoyama.ac.jp

Andrew Cunningham
Research and Development Coordinator
State Library of Victoria

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