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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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