fonts for U7.0 scripts

Peter Constable petercon at
Thu Oct 23 20:02:20 CDT 2014

Sure: People find a font that isn’t a truly functional, Unicode-conformant font for script X and…

-          They try using it, find it doesn’t display text as expected, and conclude that Unicode doesn’t work for their script

-          The font has glyphs mapped from ASCII characters; they try typing and it seems to display their text as desired, so they start generating content. Now we have data interop problems.

-          The font kinda works, but not perfectly. They decide that they can fix it by just changing some of the glyphs to certain presentation forms and by adding certain other glyphs on some unused code positions. Then they start generating content. Now we have data interop problems.

The last scenario is really similar to the serious problems we have now for Myanmar. Iow, this isn’t just hypothetical.


From: Shriramana Sharma [mailto:samjnaa at]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:48 PM
To: Peter Constable
Cc: Andrew West; Andrew Glass (WINDOWS); Unicode Public
Subject: Re: fonts for U7.0 scripts

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Peter Constable <petercon at<mailto:petercon at>> wrote:
. But publishing fonts created for the purpose of chart production may lead to all kinds of problems if they are not truly functional, Unicode-conformant fonts -

Dear Peter,

Can you clarify what "all kinds of problems" you foresee?

Shriramana Sharma ஶ்ரீரமணஶர்மா श्रीरमणशर्मा
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