Colour font discussion in 2002

Harriet Riddle harjitmoe at
Fri Nov 27 12:21:15 CST 2020

One presumes COLR (i.e. associating a glyph with a list of one or more glyphs with palette indices which will be shown instead of the base glyph in multicolour presentation), which is the format developed by Microsoft and used by Microsoft's own font.

It is true that Microsoft have since added support for Apple's, Google's and Adobe's formats also. Microsoft's is not the most powerful approach (that would be Adobe's embedded SVGs), but is probably the most true to the existing spirit of TTF/OTF (whereas Google's and Apple's approaches are essentially multicolour versions of bitmap SFNTs).


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From: Unicode <unicode-bounces at> on behalf of Sławomir Osipiuk via Unicode <unicode at>
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2020 5:53:37 PM
To: Unicode Discussion <unicode at>; William_J_G Overington <wjgo_10009 at>
Subject: Re: Colour font discussion in 2002

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 11:39 AM William_J_G Overington via Unicode
<unicode at> wrote:
> So  when I saw the solution that Microsoft produced I was very impressed
> by the elegant and straightforward way that the people at Microsoft
> encoded colour fonts, as that elegant way to achieve the result had not
> occurred to me.

For those of us not familiar, can you provide a link to the
description? A casual search for "color font microsoft" brings up
results that say there are several ways to "do" color fonts in
Windows, so it's not immediately clear what you're referring to.

Sławomir Osipiuk

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