Edward H. Trager
ehtrager at umich.edu
Tue Oct 18 11:11:05 CDT 2005
On Tuesday 2005.10.18 17:39:55 +0200, Dag Rune Sneeggen wrote:
> Edward H. Trager wrote:
> > when Unicode 5.0 is due out. If Ubuntu wanted to pay for it, I think
> > Mr. Andries
> > of Hapax might be persuaded to create an Open Source N'Ko font.
> > Creating
> > the glyphs is straightforward: but note that N'Ko is an RTL script with
> > joining behaviour similar to Arabic, so an OpenType font with the
> > proper
> > GSUB tables would be required. So some work would be involved, and I
> > know that Andries is fairly busy, but I think he actually has done
> > some draft N'Ko font work.
> I'm not an african myself, but I strongly support this motion. Canonical
> seems to be sponsoring/paying/bounty'ing a lot of stuff.
> If anything such a project is very useful and a good thing for Canonical to
> sponsor and get involved with.
> Perhaps there are certain other native/tribal typographic work that needs
> to be done for similar areas.
This reminds me:
Ubuntu packagers should also take a look at Christopher Harvey's
http://www.languagegeek.com/ site which provides Unicode fonts for
American Aboriginal languages (Canadian Syllabics, Cherokee, extended Latin
script all included in the high-quality sans and serif fonts).
Of course this and the other sites are all mentioned on my font guide.
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