Demystifying “symbol” fonts

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at
Thu Nov 17 13:22:42 UTC 2016

On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 02:12:49PM +0100, Miklos Vajna wrote:
> Hi Khaled,
> On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 02:00:13PM +0200, Khaled Hosny <khaledhosny at> wrote:
> > Now, AFAIK, all glyphs in “Symbol” font have proper characters in
> > Unicode (and the font itself supports them as well, in its non-symbol
> > cmap subtable), so my question is what is the expected behaviour here,
> > map the PUA to proper Unicode characters? Expect the font or a
> > compatible one to be installed and usable? Bundle a compatible font?
> We bundle opensymbol (extras/source/truetype/symbol/OpenSymbol.sfd),
> isn't that there exactly so that we have no problems when the symbol
> font is missing? Or does that have nothing to do with your problem?

It seems to not cover all the symbols in Symbol (what a great font
name), or the original bug fixed by the commit in wouldn’t happen in the first

So my question is really what is the current indented behaviour, as I
see loots of mystifying mentions of symbol font, conversion tables and
all convoluted stuff I can’t warp my head around.

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