RE: Simple symbol question

Subject: RE: Simple symbol question
From: KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 11:52:03 -0400




> So, reviewing: a glyph is a character in a font used to
> depict a unique symbol. A symbol is a representation of a
> concept, almost always a unique concept. Two concepts
> generally require two symbols. In type, this generally means
> two glyphs. In constrained character encodings, glyphs that
> look somewhat similar are often conflated, under the
> assumption that the astute reader will figure out which is
> intended by the context.
>
> However, absent the need for that conflation, glyphs have
> unique names and symbols have unique names.


I sit corrected.
Good summary.
Thanks.

Me Pappy was a printer, and I picked up a bit from him,
but my working life has been ASCII-up, and there's always
been a big discontinuity. It's good to have somebody
knowledgeable to sweep the walk, now and then, and keep
the property up, so to speak. :-)

/kevin

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