[rfc-i] limiting repertoire of Unicode characters allowed?

Leonard Rosenthol lrosenth at adobe.com
Wed Nov 20 17:57:46 PST 2013

Webfonts are fine for HTML output, but won't work for the EPUB or PDF
publication formats.  For those cases, we need a font that can be embedded
into the publication.   And hopefully we can find a single font (or set of
fonts) that can work for all formats.


On 11/20/13 4:19 PM, "Joe Hildebrand (jhildebr)" <jhildebr at cisco.com>

>I would be ok with using a webfont and falling back to fonts that work
>widely without download, such that we didn't have to embed the font in
>*every* RFC instance.
>Tengwar (Elvish) may be on the Unicode roadmap
>(http://www.unicode.org/roadmaps/smp/), but Klingon is not.  Regardless,
>who are we to say that these languages, if they're added to Unicode, are
>invalid for examples?  I think that should be up to the author and the RSE
>at the time to decide, based on interoperability of the suggested text
>with the widely-deployed browsers of the day.  For example, I might want
>to describe what to do in situations where a new character is allocated in
>Unicode for applications that were written before that version, using a
>recently-added character to make my point more clear.
>On 11/20/13 10:10 PM, "Larry Masinter" <masinter at adobe.com> wrote:
>>I've been investigating some of the issues around PDF generation as well
>>as "archival quality HTML".
>>Some issues:
>>While Unicode support is widespread, not all characters have readily
>>available glyphs in commonly available fonts.   Are there freely
>>available fonts which are appropriate for RFCs?
>>a) have glyphs for the characters likely to appear in RFCs, either as
>>examples or in name characters?
>>b) proportional spacing, have a mono-space companion for ASCII art &
>>code, such that proportional spacing and mono-space look good together.
>>The font needs to be downloadable for HTML and embeddable for PDF.
>>Quite possibly this needs to be a 'style guide' issue.... avoid Klingon &
>>elvish examples, for example.
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