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Re: System fonts

From: T . Slivnik
Subject: Re: System fonts
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 15:35:04 +0200

Would it be helpful to have a concept of a "font package", i.e. an abstract font which contains no glyphs but rather itself contains only mappings to glyphs of other fonts.

The mapping could work on an individual glyph basis, or on the basis of character code ranges, e.g. a font package Times+CJK.fpack could be a file like this:

0x0000-0x00ff  Times.font
0x0100-0xffff  CJK.font

This would allow you to combine several proprietary fonts into one of your own without violating any of their IP.

E.g. if you have a font with a nice Roman range but no CJK, and another font with an ugly Roman font range but which contains CJK, you could combine them into a single "font package" and use that as your default system font?

This could result in a "font substitution" effect which is efficient and also under clean and transparent control of the user.

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