On Mon, Jul 14, Andreas Prilop inscribed on the eternal scroll:
I don't really understand what I'm seeing when viewing so-called
"SYmbol" fonts - clarification, please?
I'm using H. Eichmann's ListFont utility.
If I inspect the "Symbol" font itself, then the symbols occupy the
code points x20 to xFF (this is, effectively, a private character
encoding, OK), and also appear in the Private Use Area starting at
The rest of the Unicode space appears to be unoccupied. So far, so
good: the font presumably doesn't bother to specify the correct
Unicode code points of those "Symbol-font" characters which have
proper public Unicode assignments, I guess.
However, if I inspect the fonts Wingdings, Webdings, or other fonts
which claim to be "Symbol" fonts, then ListFont shows occasional
characters scattered through the public part of the Unicode code
space, BUT these characters are not the correct Unicode characters for
those code points. I'm NOT just talking about the 8-bit range x20 to
xFF, but for example, at x0152 (ligature OE) I see a motorcyclist, at
x2021 "double dagger" I'm seeing a ski-er, and so on.
What's the point of that, if I might ask?
(So, this font that's currently under discussion seems to be following
the same old pre-Unicode tradition.)