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Subject: Re: [office] Defining Alternative Glyphs

Patrick Durusau <patrick@durusau.net> wrote on 07/07/2008 05:56:35 PM:

> Rob,
> robert_weir@us.ibm.com wrote:
> >
> > This is a specific feature in OpenType called "Alternative Glyphs"
> > where a single font can contain alternative glyphs for the same
> > unicode character.
> >
> Yes, but that is the same point that I made from a different perspective.

Then I think we are in agreement.

> With OpenType you have a font and hence a "default" glyph, so specifying
> an "alternative" glyph makes sense. But that presumes the use of an
> OpenType font which has that capability.
> My point was that in the abstract there is no default glyph, only the
> Unicode character point. For more you either have to rely on font
> technology (thanks for the OpenType reminder) or the markup layer. The
> point being that the support does not reside in the Unicode encoding.
> Hope you are having a great day!
> Patrick

Right.  This is purely an OpenType font feature.


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