Re: Unicode Fonts

From: James E. Agenbroad (
Date: Thu Mar 30 2000 - 11:24:11 EST

On Thu, 30 Mar 2000, Suzanne Topping wrote:

> Related to the Microsoft font utilities that people have suggested over the
> last few days, is there anything which lists the glyphs included in font
> sets?
> This comes from a question Joon posed recently. His exact question (off
> list) was: "...I am trying to figure out how many and which Unicode
> characters do not have a glyph on a Standard Unicode TrueType font."
> Pronunciation symbols seemed to be a particular problem.
> This is a harder task, obviously, but who knows? Maybe there IS something
> out there that someone knows about...
> Suzanne
> [snip]
                                              Thursday, March 30, 2000
Monotype's "Worldtype Solutions Catalogue" includes glyph repertorires for
many but not all Unicode 3.0 scripts--it's loose-leaf, mine has no Tibetan.
It is obviously their stock in trade, not free. I once tried to match
Unicode Devanagari characters and Monotype Devanagari glyphs and found
I could define what I thought were sequences of Unicode character codes
that could represent/invoke all but two glyphs. Whether rendering software
actually exists that would do so I cannot say. In several cases the glyphs
included regional variants for which external clues as to preferences
would probably be needed.

          Jim Agenbroad ( )
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