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On 11/15/2013 10:17 PM, Paul wrote:

That still doesn't make any sense. What is this theoretical 2000 page maximum?

Unicode allows for  1,114,112 different glyphs, excluding variants.
with variants, you are looking at roughly 1,750,000 glyphs.

And why would the glyph's position be known?

Taking, thorn, for example, with the current setup, one knows to look in
the Runic range. when the sub-range is at the whim of a programmer, it
could be literally anywhere.

Most cases you would only know what it looks like, but not where it is in the list, hence why you 
would want some sort of filter to make it easier to find.

Under what circumstances would one be using glyphs they know not the
name of?

And why would a filter on the special characters mean that you suddenly
need to search through 25000 pages? You would need to search through
*less* characters, not more, because you have filtered the list to only
show a subset.

The claim is that the  current filters are inadequate. Thus, the need to
dummy it down, so that it is less efficient, more time consuming, and
awkward to use. But because less glyphs are displayed, Joe Sixpack
thinks it is easier to use.

As I see it, the major problem with this is that changing the font changes the available special 

Obviously that is going to happen. That is the desired and expected
behaviour.  To do otherwise would constitute a show-stopping bug of the
highest possible priority to fix.

Or would certain fonts have certain special characters at different
unicode locations, i.e. 
would different fonts have different symbols for the same unicode point
(or whatever it is called)?

Those are variants, and are part of the Unicode specification.
If font creators correctly implement the full sub-range, those variants
would be included, but since, for various reasons, won't implement the
full sub-range, the variants are omitted.

And where does the current list of subsets come from anyway? Is that defined within the font?

The Unicode Specification.


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