PWG> Re: PWG-ANNOUNCE> Character repertoires in printers

PWG> Re: PWG-ANNOUNCE> Character repertoires in printers

PWG> Re: PWG-ANNOUNCE> Character repertoires in printers

ElliottBradshaw at ElliottBradshaw at
Fri Oct 25 10:00:10 EDT 2002


That's a good question.  I think (hope) the set-of-fonts question is
orthogonal to the set-of-glyphs question.

In XHTML-Print, the set-of-fonts question is handled by the statement in
CSS [see Jim's email] that a user agent should support five generic names
(however, I will buy you a beverage of your choice if you can tell me what
"fantasy" is actually used for).  But, I find nothing in CSS that tells me
which particular Unicode values will be successfully rendered by the user

If we had a set of Unicode-based repertoires, maybe something like
PWG-Latin-Basic, PWG-Latin-Extended, PWG-Cyrillic, PWG-Japanese,
PWG-Symbols, etc. then XHTML-Print could refer to them and say something

     A complying printer must successfully render each of the codepoints
from the repertoires PWG-Latin-Basic and PWG-Symbols.  For the codepoints
in PWG-Latin-Basic, the rendered glyph should be visibly different in each
of the generic fonts Serif, Sans Serif, Monospace, and Cursive.  For a
Symbol it is acceptable for a complying printer to render it the same way
in all fonts.


1.  This is just one solution;  I don't want to prejudice the discussion.
2.  It would be better to select existing repertoires from somewhere rather
than invent our own.


Elliott Bradshaw
Director, Software Engineering
Oak Technology Imaging Group
781 638-7534

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Would you envision this to include a set of mandatory fonts or font
families or just a list of mandatory charactor sets (groups of glyphs)?

 Don Wright                 don at

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         PatCom Chair, SCC Liaison
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 Lexmark International
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ElliottBradshaw at on 10/21/2002 01:00:51 PM

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Subject:    PWG-ANNOUNCE> Character repertoires in printers


As we discussed in Santa Fe, I am interested in the possibility of defining
standard printer character repertoires for interoperability.

For discussion, a draft charter of a hypothetical working group follows:

In traditional printing environments, clients rely on font downloads when
they are not sure a given character is embedded in the printer.  As
printing moves to small clients, downloading may not be an option and
clients have a need to know what characters are available in a given

The purpose of this group is to:
1.  Survey existing methods for indicating available characters, such as
those used in the Bluetooth BPP
2.  Define needs for printing character repertoires, considering such
factors as country locations and wingding-type symbols
3.  Using Unicode, select or define a list of useful repertoires for
4.  Recommend a basic repertoire for inclusion in any printer that supports
embedded Unicode-accessable characters
5.  Propose an extension to the PWG Semantic Model for obtaining the
character repertoires available in a printer
6.  Work with UPnP and other groups to add repertoire support as needed

Before proceeding, I would like any and all feedback on these questions:

1.  Is this a problem worth solving?  (vs. vendor-specific solutions)
2.  Should it be treated as part of XHTML-Print, UPnP, or some other group?
(as opposed to a separate working group)
3.  Who is interested in participarting, as author or reviewer?

If there is sufficient interest I will prepare a more complete proposal.


Elliott Bradshaw
Director, Software Engineering
Oak Technology Imaging Group
781 638-7534

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