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Re: Unicode

From:Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>
Date:Saturday, May 18, 2002, 19:06
On 18 May 02, at 8:26, Clint Jackson Baker wrote:

> I noticed that this thing has almost everything > conceiveable, but how well will it work?
It depends a lot on which fonts your page's visitors will have installed :) Even if you encode the page in Unicode and visitors use a browser which understands Unicode, it won't help them display Cherokee if all they've got is Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New. However, IMO using Unicode for languages such as Cherokee is better than using specialised fonts.
> Now, I'm trying to develop a Kayasanoda syllabary based on Cherokee, > and I've been painstakingly *drawing* the characters in Microsoft > Photodraw!
Though for a web site it would be better to have one large image of the entire text instead of one image for each letter.
> If I'm able to use most of the Cherokee symbols themselves (I'm going > to have to augment them), then I'll have something that looks very > nice.
Ah, that's another thing. In theory, Unicode has combining diacritics so that you can add, say, an acute accent to pretty much any letter -- not only to, say, a Latin "a" to make "á" but also to, say, a Chinese character! But in practice, browser support for combining characters probably leaves a *lot* to be desired (especially the correct horizontal and vertical placement of the diacritic over the preceding character; and let's not mention multiple diacritics on the same character).
> I'm going to start experimenting....
Good luck! Cheers, Philip -- Philip Newton <Philip.Newton@...>