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Seven years later there is still no complete Unicode font and Unicode text often shows up unreadable with empty boxes or question marks for missing characters. This can lead to misunderstandings and is quite frustrating. I believe that we can get closer to a first complete Unicode font if we a lower our expectations about the font quality to a reasonable degree and b organize a distributed GNU community effort to complete and optimize that font. The result will be a basic one-size-fits-all freeware font that you and all of your communication partners can use to make Unicode text legible on a screen or a printer. What do you mean by “complete Unicode font”?
Proposal for a GNU Unicode Font
Seven years later there is still no complete Unicode font and Unicode text often shows up unreadable with empty boxes or question marks for missing characters. This can lead to misunderstandings and is quite frustrating. I believe that we can get closer to a first complete Unicode font if we a lower our expectations about the font quality to a reasonable degree and b organize a distributed GNU community effort to complete and optimize that font.
The result will be a basic one-size-fits-all freeware font that you and all of your communication partners can use to make Unicode text legible on a screen or a printer.
What do you mean by “complete Unicode font”? If we want Unicode to become a standard for average users then we cannot expect them all to go hunting for nice font combinations that may or may not cover the characters that they received by mail or HTTP.
Some people say that there will never be a Unicode font because a Unicode font is a contradiction in itself. Officially, Unicode ISO UCS does not encode fonts collections of graphical shapes called “glyphs” but abstract characters which are allowed or even required to change shape depending on the context they’re in. You are supposed to use a complex rendering engine to translate Unicode strings into graphics. The renderer should use a more fine-grained indexing than a Unicode value to get at the appropriate glyph.
But is there a standard solution to universal font indexing? Not that I know of. On the other hand, you can very well pretend to forget about the subtle difference between characters and glyphs and abuse Unicode as a one-to-one glyph numbering scheme. All Unicode characters have exactly one reference glyph in the Unicode book. You will get to see the text in its bare Unicode representation, in some sort of “View Control Codes” mode which may also be interesting for debugging purposes.
If you don’t mind an occasional accent appearing after its base character instead of attached to it or characters appearing in an unusual visual order, you’ll be fine. Simple rendering preprocessors like my arabjoin script can already reduce a number of these problems within the unicoded glyph model through symmetric reordering and mapping to the precomposed presentation forms that exist in Unicode for compatibility with older charsets.
By using Unicode as a mere font encoding you can cover a great deal of the world’s languages and get some quite readable results. The native languages from in and around India are currently the odd man out as nobody has publically numbered their many ligature glyphs yet. They will appear far from perfect with a bare Unicode font. Don’t let poor local rendering capabilities bitmapped teletypewriter emulators with noncombining character cells stand in the way of already using a high-quality encoding Unicode.
That way we are at least able to send proper instructions to high-quality typesetters. A complete Unicode font means to me: Didn’t others try this earlier? The idea of using Unicode as a glyph encoding is by no means new. There has already been quite some activity in that area: In their article on “The design of a Unicode font” in: It also set the standard for adding a Unicode encoding vector to TrueType fonts.
You get the point: One such example is the misc. Another font in that line was the 6 MB uni Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Georgian are already covered and he said he intended to eventually cover all Unicode characters except for the Han ideographs.
But due to system limitations his font does not exist as one handy file emono. The latest update appears to have been in And a license to use the font costs you 26 Irish pounds. His result was placed in ftp: After a discussion on comp. This label has only now in been officially blessed into the X11 registry through X11R6.
I find the name “etl-unicode” a misnomer because etl-unicode was not produced at ETL and is only based on the etl-fonts which were themselves based on older typefaces from kagotani cs. I also miss a commitment to extending and maintaining the font which is why I want to turn it into this “GNU Unifont” now. Bitstream Cyberbit The most impressive Unicode font so far is Bitstream ‘s cyberbit.
EXE from ftp. You had to sign a license agreement restricting its use to a single copy. The Cyberbit web page was first moved and then removed and the FTP directory is now empty. The Cyberbit 1. Bitstream stopped giving away Cyberbit for free or as a retail product to single users in The extended Cyberbit 2.
There is no webpage for this font, but it was announced in mailinglists and newsgroups and Mark encourages us to send him corrections. Markus encourages you to use xmbdfed to draw additional bitmaps and send back diff -u patches. He surprised himself: The font has now reached characters. There is also a nice demo screenshot. Why is there no complete Unicode font yet? There are several explanations why we don’t have a complete Unicode font yet.
That number makes it a task of several man-months of fulltime work with a font editor to manually draw up all the glyphs from scratch.
More intelligent techniques to derive some glyphs algorithmically from decomposition tables or mappings from existing fonts may speed things up a bit but will not be available for a large portion of the repertoire. The Unicode standard came as a book ISBN printed on paper with reference graphics for each character besides lots of descriptive text. These graphics were not provided in electronic form because the reference graphics are copyrighted by various private font designers each of whom provided theirs for the publication of the standard only.
Perhaps there were also fears that Unicode could too easily be mistaken as a font had they been provided. Another issue besides development time and the principal questions about “Unicode fonts” is their resource consumption. Even if we had a complete Unicode font, there are doubts whether people would want to waste space on their harddisks and processing time to load such a big baby containing mostly support for languages they don’t even speak.
I believe that a slim organization can reduce this problem and that it will disappear completely with growing hardware capacities. Nowadays, nobody is complaining that ISO doubled the font sizes and burdened British computers with silly German letters.
What do you mean by distributed effort? Unicode is obviously too big and tiring for one or two persons to design a whole font for.
Besides that, nobody is an expert in all the world’s scripts so that it seems very natural to have people from all over the world to work on the parts they need in everyday use and they are most familiar with and merge their results. Until recently, no Unicode font had come with detailed instructions how to get updates and how to help updating it.
In my opinion, this do-it-yourself must be made as simple as possible and refrain from overly complex procedures. I want to make it super-easy for anyone with a decent GNU system to add support for missing characters. What do you mean by low quality? I want to restrict the effort to one character cell bitmap font. Bitmap fonts may be considered an anachronistic technique as they do not scale well to random sizes and resolutions and have a coarse and stagy look.
The same goes for character cell fonts that have to squeeze and stretch glyphs to fit into the character cell. But they still have some advantages: They are also much easier to create. A bitmap is a mere matrix of white or black pixels. There is only a small degree of freedom how to draw an ‘m’ in a grid of 8×16 pixels so that you will not be dwelling on it for hours and progress much faster.
Besides that, even with modern rasterizers like FreeType or T1lib , hand-crafted bitmaps still often give better screen legibility and – unless replicated for various sizes and encodings – they are also a lot smaller in storage than the scalable outline descriptions. By going character cell, we retain the comfort of a checkerboard screen where you can do most of your layout in mail- and news-friendly plain text lines of less than 80 character cells.
We can also do without complex size and adjustment information for each individual glyph and reduce the bitmaps to handy one-liners. Do you intend to squeeze my favorite ideograph into an 8×16 pixel cell? I did not say constant width! If we wanted the character cell to be big enough to also draw any ideograph with more than 4 vertical strokes in it, we would end up with cells at least 14 or 16 pixel wide.
Such a huge cell would be way oversized for Latin letters and the usual row of 80 cells would no longer fit in a pixel screen width. Instead, I would like to follow the example of traditional CJK terminals like kterm or cxterm and distinguish halfwidth ASCII characters occupying one cell each from fullwidth CJK characters occupying exactly two consecutive cells. This makes the font somehow proportional more complex characters get more space and fixed-pitch the cell grid is respected at the same time.
The question whether a given character must be halfwidth or fullwidth becomes a bit harder to decide than it was with the EUC codes where each character encoded in two bytes also occupied two cells even if that looked crummy. Do we really need yet another font format? I think that this little unifont project will benefit from a simple non-standard font description. My criticism of the standard BDF Adobe’s famous Bitmap Distribution Format is that it is neither as human-readable and -editable as it said it would be BDF fonts simply contain too many cryptic numbers which prompted the design of BDF editors like xfed, xfedor, xmbdfed in the first place nor as fast and compressed as the Hanzi Bitmap Format HBF nor so handy that you can easily merge glyphs from various sources.
I do not care to fetch mails through my modem containing 5 megabytes of unifont. HBF is not suited either because it swaps its bitmaps into external binary files that cannot be split, joined or edited with a plain text editor, and it requires special software installations.
My unifont file merely consists of lines each of which defines a glyph in the most trivial way: A hexadecimal number announces the Unicode character to be covered. And a colon separates it from the joined hexadecimal representation of the glyph’s bitmap’s horizontal scan lines: I can now pipe this compact hexadecimal representation through my hexdraw script: No need to install any new software!
Sure, xmbdfed is a nice font editor but I wouldn’t want to dictate people to use it. I want to stay independent of xmbdfed.
Didn’t others try this earlier?
Upload a font and see what characters it has in it. Font of interest – various fonts with signifigant Unicode support. Some common fonts that have Unicode support . Download Unicode Viewer – Find out if your computer has Unicode support and view character sets in different fonts with the help of this. This mod draws the unicode font smoothly in any scale. In addition, you can use the fonts available on your platform instead of the default unicode font.
It is designed to be powerful, fast, flexible, elegant and above all extremely easy to use. With only a few key functions, it allows application developers to easily create, format, lay out and render text in virtually any script and language and handle cursor positioning, selection highlighting and text editing. This is to ensure that the library’s functions can be called from a variety of programming languages and development frameworks in use today.
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