Re: Unicode status

Mikko Ala-Fossi (
Sun, 1 Dec 1996 14:01:42 +0200 (EET)

On Fri, 29 Nov 1996, Michael Bruck wrote:

> =>2.
> a) The fonts could be designed for 16x8 like in VGA-Adapters. But this
> makes it
> impossible to display complex characters (think of Chinese).
> b) You could use a TrueType font f.e. from Windows Courier with partial
> Unicode
> support
> i) and generate bitmaps from the characters
> ii) or generate bitmaps at runtime and allow the user to scale them
> to any level
> (But this would be a copyright violation unless you use free fonts like
> those
> from X11 which on the other hand would have to be extended to
> support
> at least a useful subset of Unicode)

But most of us already have scalable and arbitrary character set
capable font manager == Metafont. And there is klingon font too.

I kind of like the idea that viewing a new text file may start
Metafont, just like xdvi. It just may take a while.