[Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Academie francaise

Ceri Young rcr_young at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jan 31 13:13:21 GMT 2011

It is a problem Michael, but the Welsh Language Board was appointed to address 
this sort of thing within its remit to "promote and facilitate" the use of the 
Welsh language. I'm not sure how instrumental they ever were in getting ŷ & ŵ 
glyphs into the Unicode/UTF-8 character set (I know they've been badgering 
Microsoft & Apple for years) but plainly more needs to be done to promote the 
accommodation of these forms among font designers and online font marketplaces.

The Welsh Language board's take on this is in their PDF publication; Information 
Technology & The Welsh Language: A Strategy Document. 

It doesn't help that companies like Myfonts.com have stupid language-support 
categories like 'Western Europe' which plainly contain fonts which don't support 
all Western European languages! - Surely either a font can be marketed to 
support "Western Europe" or it can't! Mind you, doing that search as a Welshman 
amazes me as to just how many awesome commercial fonts DO support ŵ & ŷ!

Best wishes,
Ceri Young

From: Michael Everson <everson at evertype.com>
To: Standard Cornish discussion list <spellyans at kernowek.net>
Sent: Mon, 31 January, 2011 12:28:36
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] dictionnaire de l'Academie francaise

On 31 Jan 2011, at 10:35, Hewitt, Stephen wrote:

> â ê î ô û ŵ ŷ

Go to Myfonts.com. Type "modern" or any other word you like in the search box. 
It will show you how many fonts have been tagged with that word. There are 2618 
"modern" fonts there. There are 628 tagged with "artistic"; there are 2104 
tagged with "handwriting". 

You can paste â ê î ô û ŵ ŷ into the Sample Text box, and you will see how very 
few fonts have ŵ and ŷ. 

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/

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