[XeTeX] Finding out if a font supports a particular Unicode character and using it

Peter Baker psb6m at virginia.edu
Wed Feb 3 19:35:53 CET 2010

Chris Jones wrote:
> Sorry for the misunderstanding. I thought you were a developer and that
> my testing and feedback might be of interest to you.
> CJ
It is! It is! and I thank you for your feedback. Here I was just 
explaining (a little too grouchily perhaps) why I'm not terribly 
interested in trading in the FontForge dependency for something less 
familiar to me.

I should say that, while I'm not a "developer" in the sense of someone 
who devotes all his time to computer work, I am one of those who, being 
reasonably well informed about some aspect of computing, try to express 
their gratitude for open source software by making a little 
contribution--in my case, font design and a little bit of programming.

In a few days I'll post a new version that owes a lot to your comments 
and those of others: it will use a much more compact and less 
memory-hungry index scheme (converting automatically from the older 
scheme), will include options the allow you to avoid the pain of 
repeatedly indexing big fonts, will allow deletion of fonts from an 
index, and will index more kinds of fonts.

But you'll still need FontForge.


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