Re: A .notdef glyph

From: John Hudson (
Date: Thu Nov 07 2002 - 13:04:19 EST

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    At 23:23 11/6/2002, Doug Ewell wrote:

    >John forgot to mention this, but Michael is right: the glyph has to
    >signify "not defined" or "glyph not supported" in some way.

    Sorry, I thought that was clear from my comments and from the context of
    the discussion. For examples of some common .notdef glyphs as recommended
    by Microsoft and Adobe, see These
    recommendations were drawn up specifically to discourage use of arbitrary
    decorative forms, such as the spiral in Palatino Linotype, which are not
    obviously indicating a problem in a document. Of course, establishing and
    reinforcing a convention is necessary, and building on the existing
    convention (box, box with something in it...) is better than trying to
    invent a new convention.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

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    to make them available to us, either by argument
    or by force. - Michael Apostolis, 1467

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