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Determining font for a given Unicode codepoint

From: John Holt Ripley <john.holtripley@googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 21:57:14 +0000
Message-ID: <CAKrw3vCfsajORFagGzNJ+h+-2rSuEsjA45ydJtBFBHXK=sc81g@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-international@w3.org
Is there a specification that details how a browser should determine which
font to use for any given Unicode codepoint, or is it up to vendors to
determine it themselves?
My understanding is that a browser will run through the fonts specified in
the font-family declaration until it finds one that has that glyph. If not
it looks at its own preferences, and then a system fallback font.
I'd like to understand why the same page on the same machine would support
Unicode characters differently in two different browsers, if both could use
the same system fallback font.

Thanks
John
Received on Tuesday, 4 March 2014 21:57:41 UTC

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