Unicode organization is still anti-Serbian and anti-Macedonian

Otto Stolz otto.stolz at uni-konstanz.de
Mon Feb 17 07:57:56 CST 2014


Крушевљанин Иван had written:
> People, do you realize that proper glyphs are needed everywhere and
> every time, CONSTANTLY, even when American ordinary user chats with
> German ordinary user about Serbian language

Am 2014-02-17 um 00:50 Uhr MEZ schrieb Richard Wordingham:
> One issue here that I don't know the solution for is how the right
> glyphs should be chosen for displaying plain text communication.  I
> don't know any general mechanism for, say, specifying that by
> default Cyrillic text should use Serbian glyphs, CJK characters
> should use Japanese glyphs and that Cuneiform should use Neo-Assyrian
> glyphs.

This boils down to the fact that, in plain-text communication, the
receiver can – and should – chose the appropriate font. This holds,
in particular, for classical e-mail. Thence my recent claim that the
problem posed by Иван is a mere font issue.

In HTML, this is a bit different: The author has control over the
fonts (thence over the glyphic style) used for the display, but the
reader can normally override the author’s choice. Hence, WWW authors
should specify suitable fonts for their respective articvles (or even
parts thereof).

On paper, or in PDF and other facsimile formaats, the author is
entirely responsible for the glyphic style and appearnce, and he
should always chose suitable fonts. This is the realm of the
solution involving that ‘Gentium Plus srp’ font I had mentioned,

May i humbly remind Иван (and all other readers of this thread) that
the problem manifests itself (mainly or only) with italic style
letters; hence there remains virually no problem with normal
(non-italic) style.

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz

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