[XeTeX] accessing fonts from TeX tree and glyphs without Unicode slot
list.adam at twardoch.com
Sun May 7 00:55:14 CEST 2006
Arthur Reutenauer wrote:
> By the way, do you know of any standardization that has been made for
> PUA codepoints?
I will reply here but I don't think the list will be interested in
continuing to hear this discussion.
"Standardized private codepoints" has as much sense as "controlled
freedom." The whole purpose of the Private Use Area is that it is
> I noticed, for example, that FontForge shows many of the
> code points as being represented by particular glyphs (in the title
> area of the character, like it does for non-private code points; for
> example, the glyph for U+0041 is shown with an 'A' in the title area,
> etc.); arabic glyphs, starting from U+E600, or devanagari, starting from
Some companies and user groups have adapted their own internal
conventions as for how to assign some PUA codepoints consistently across
the fonts they create or in some limited-use applications (such as
linguistic transcriptions of historical documents of a certain kind).
But the whole idea of PUA is that the same codepoint space is occupied
by different glyphs depending on which vendor has created the font or
which organization/user group has created a convention. Examples: SIL
assigns the PUA codepoint U+F1A1 to "MODIFIER LETTER SMALL AE" while
MUFI assigns it to "LATIN ABBREVIATION SIGN SMALL CON"; Apple assigns
the PUA codepoint U+F73F to "NSPrevFunctionKey" while Adobe assigns it
to "questionsmall"; CSUR assigns the PUA codepoint U+F8FF to "KLINGON
MUMMIFICATION GLYPH" while Apple assigns it to "APPLE LOGO". In early
versions of Windows, Microsoft used PUA for some Hebrew, Arabic and Thai
presentational forms and it's possible that FontForge is using these.
I have described some fundamental problems in using PUA to express
linguistic characters at:
Some further links:
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