Sorry! I was looking in the calendar for 2015, not for 2014... So the dates Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 April are not suitable (being in the middle of Easter). What about Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 April 2014?
Odd Einar Haugen
This is a good idea, and I would certainly like to join the meeting! The Medieval Unicode Font Initiative has published a recommendation for the usage of medieval characters in the Latin alphabet, but it might be time to broaden the scope. Since I am a Nordic scholar, I am thinking of runes (there are missing runes, even if Unicode has a code chart of 81 runes), but there are several other scripts for which coordination will be useful.
From a very practical point of view, I would suggest lunch-time Thursday 16 April to lunch-time Saturday 18 April as a suitable time for the meeting. In my experience, the sooner the dates are fixed, the better.
Odd Einar Haugen
As Andreas writes in his welcome message, the Medieval Unicode Font Initiative has indeed seen some advances in a very specialised field - the development of fonts for medieval texts written in the Latin alphabet. In MUFI, we offer a recommendation of useful characters in the official part of the Unicode Standard (some are hidden away in unexpected code charts) and also a substantial number of characters in the Private Use Area. The Private Usea Area is by no means a perfect solution for missing characters, but presently it seems to be the best. It works with most operating systems and we think it makes sense to try and co-ordinate usage between exisiting fonts (such as Alphabetum, Andron, Cardo, Junicode, LeedsUni, Palemonas and TITUS). In 2008, a group of scholars (some of them in the MUFI network) succeeded with a proposal for new characters to the Unicode Standard. The new code chart Latin Extended-D is to a great extent the result of this proposal.
When we founded MUFI in 2001, it was clear to us that the need of medieval scholars will not be catered for by the large commercial font developers. So the people in MUFI are a mix of independent font designers, academics or both, all having a profound interest in the shape and usage of characters. Andreas once told me that he had learnt his trade by drawing characters by hand for a long time, just like the medieval scribes, and then moving on to designing fonts on the computer. I think this background shows in his design of the Andron font, and this is one of many reasons for other people to participate in this forum. It is a chance to meet font designers and scholars - or both. I am an Old Norse philologist with very limited experience in font design, so for me it is very helpful to discuss such matters with people who know how to design fonts and make them consistent and attractive.
Odd Einar Haugen University of Bergen MUFI chair
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