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SubjectRe: console font limits
On Tue, May 01, 2007 at 12:09:46AM -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> BTW, the PSF font format documentation seems to suggest that
> there is a way to make the kernel handle combining accents:
> Does anybody know if that really works? I could sure use that.

My reading of it suggests you need a precomposed version to which
the combining combination can be mapped (the 00c5 for Å in the
example). Possibly, the fffe and ffff are used as delimiters for
the combination). Maybe, it could be used for yoruba (yeah, I was
looking at that an hour before I read your mails) _if_ the font
has room to fit in a "private use" character which can hold the
precomposed value.

For any letter where a precomposed version is in the unicode
standards, the only use for combining characters in a console font
seems to be as a way of displaying text where somebody has already
used them.

For latin languages which need additional composed letters, the
bigger problem will probably be the input - I've no idea if the
console keymap can use combining keys (direct input of the unicode
hex is available, of course), and I can't manage to get the direct
input of the codes for combining diacriticals to work in combination
in my preferred graphical terminal.

das eine Mal als Tragödie, das andere Mal als Farce
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