Columns in Terminal Emulators (was: Bidi paragraph direction in terminal emulators)
Richard Wordingham via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Fri Feb 8 14:39:22 CST 2019
On Fri, 08 Feb 2019 15:45:15 +0200
Eli Zaretskii via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:
> > From: Egmont Koblinger <egmont at gmail.com>
> > Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2019 13:30:42 +0100
> > Cc: Richard Wordingham <richard.wordingham at ntlworld.com>,
> > unicode Unicode Discussion <unicode at unicode.org>
> > Hi Eli,
> > > Not sure why. There are terminal emulators out there which
> > > support proportional fonts.
> > Well, of course, a terminal emulator can load any font, even
> > proportional, but as it places them in the grid, it will look ugly
> > as hell
> Maybe so, but the original text was this:
> Emacs and 'M-x term' are the route to take if one only has
> proportional fonts.
> Which I don't understand, since the terminal emulator in Emacs doesn't
> do anything special about proportional fonts, AFAIK.
As a terminal emulator, it does. It abandons straight columns to
honour the spacing glyphs' widths. It neither inappropriately
truncates nor inappropriately overlaps glyphs. These avoided
treatments don't just make text ugly; they can make it unreadable.
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