Re: Coloured Punctuation and Annotation

From: Michael Everson <>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2017 13:41:01 +0100

> On 6 Apr 2017, at 05:41, Richard Wordingham <> wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Apr 2017 01:11:09 +0100
> Michael Everson <> wrote:
>> On 5 Apr 2017, at 22:48, Richard Wordingham
>> <> wrote:
>>> I tried to read it from UTS#51 ‘Unicode Emoji', which is not part of TUS, but I couldn't deduce that a font that enables U+10B99 PSALTER PAHLAVI SECTION MARK to have exactly two (as opposed to none or four) red dots is in breach of the guidelines therein.
>> Kindly explain how ANY font could do this.
> Is this a trick question?

No. Here is an example of a font available in two variants. In one variant, all those grey swirls are fused to the letters, and it can all be printed in black or one colour ink.

There is also a second set of fonts included which separates the swirls from the letters, and those can be used in typesetting to get the two-colour effect you see here. That can’t really be done using standard encoding. You’d probably see IIVVOORRYY in the backing store for that word, with every other letter being set in the letter font and the swirl font.

Emoji-style colour fonts use other mechanisms for colour.

Michael Everson
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