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Re: SVG fonts: [ was RE: minutes, SVG WG TPAC F2F 2014, day 2]

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:27:58 -0500
Message-ID: <528691DE.2010104@mit.edu>
To: www-svg@w3.org
On 11/15/13 4:07 PM, Jelle Mulder wrote:
> If all these characters are incorporated in Unicode character, how is it
> possible that SVG fonts do not support them?

Because SVG fonts have no usable support for 
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=CmplxRndExamples#07420d33 
for example.

I believe they also have no support for 
http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=CmplxRndExamples#3e655409 
except insofar as those have separate Unicode codepoints. Which they 
often don't.

> Isn't it just a question of having a very extensive set of Glyph?

No, it's not, because shaping variants are all considered the same 
Unicode glyph.

> And though archaic writing systems are quite fashionable to
> prevent the neighbours form understanding what it is all about

Did you really mean to call the third and fourth (and I believe 6th, but 
not 100% sure about that) writing systems in the list at 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writing_systems_by_adoption#List_of_writing_scripts_by_adoption 
"archaic", or did you just not realize how widely used writing systems 
that require contextual shaping are?

> Clearly,.. we don't quite get the issue at
> hand here, by lack of experience and imagination. Could you explain it
> in brief by example.

I hope the links to sil.org above help.

-Boris
Received on Friday, 15 November 2013 21:28:27 UTC

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