by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/04/19 03:31 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/04/19/577945.aspx
A few years ago, the Chinese (PRC) and Chinese (Hong Kong) versions of Office XP shipped a new IME (Input Method Editor) that supported Unicode Extension A and Extension B, and a special version of the Simsun font that was expanded to support these characters, as well.
It was pretty exciting, for those who found it, at least. :-)
There was even a help file included, one that included information on how to use the IME and had code charts in various appendices.
Unfortunately (for those don't know the language, at least), the help file was only in Chinese.
At the time, a brave and daring vendor who was ruggedly handsome received permission to provide an English translation of the help file and decided to pay to have a localizer perform her magic on the file.
In our hero's mind was the problem of trying to display all of the Extension A and B characters when most people would not have the font. I didn't want a bunch of NULL GLYPHS to show up, and I didn't want to us images to display them. What else could that brave/daring/handsome hero do?
(well, it was me, so odds are you can scratch the brave, daring, and handsome parts with a clear conscience...)
Luckily WEFT (the Web Embedding Fonts Tool) was around, and using a beta version of WEFT 3.1 provided to me by BorWare after I had provided info on the bugs I hit (the original 3.0 version had some 'surrogates character' bugs in it!), I was able to create .EOT files for the site, and to provide three versions of the charts:
Later versions of WEFT (which presumably includes those bug fixes) is now available here, and that help file translation into English can be found here.
And in an upcoming post I'll talk about the (now publicly documented) embedding technology behind .EOT files. :-)
# Maurits [MSFT] on 20 Apr 2006 2:35 PM:
# Maurits [MSFT] on 20 Apr 2006 3:34 PM:
# Michael S. Kaplan on 20 Apr 2006 4:15 PM:
2006/05/13 Font embedding -- the intro
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