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The Adobe-GB1-5 Character Collection

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The purpose of this document is to define and describe the Adobe-GB1-5 character collection, which enumerates 30,284 glyphs, and whose designation is derived from the following three /CIDSystemInfo dictionary entries:

  • /Registry (Adobe)
  • /Ordering (GB1)
  • /Supplement 5

CIDFont resources that reference this character collection must include a /CIDSystemInfo dictionary that matches the /Registry and /Ordering strings shown above.

This document is designed for font developers, for the purpose of developing Simplified Chinese fonts for use with PostScript products, or for developing OpenType Simplified Chinese fonts. It is also useful for application developers and end users who need to know more about the glyphs in this character collection. This document expects that its readers are familiar with the CID-keyed font file format, which is described in Adobe Technical Note #5014, entitled Adobe CMap and CIDFont Files Specification.

A character collection contains the glyphs that are required to develop font products for a specific language, script, or market. Specific encodings are defined through the use of CMap resources that are instantiated as files, and generally reference a subset of the character collection.

The character collection that results from each Supplement includes the glyphs associated with all earlier Supplements. For example, Supplement 5 includes all glyphs defined in Supplements 0 through 4.

The Adobe-GB1-5 character collection enumerates 30,284 glyphs, specifically CIDs 0 through 30283, among six Supplements, designated 0 through 5. Adobe-GB1-5 supports the GB 2312-80, GB 1988-89, GB/T 12345-90, GB 13000.1-93, and GB 18030-2005 character set standards. The following table summarizes these six Supplements, and also provides the pages on which their glyphs are shown in the Adobe-GB1-5.pdf file:

Supplement Additional CIDs CID Range Total CIDs Date of Establishment Pages
0 n/a 0–7716 7,717 1995-06-26 1–16
1 2,180 7717–9896 9,897 1996-02-06 16–20
2 12,230 9897–22126 22,127 1997-11-13 20–45
3 226 22127–22352 22,353 1998-10-08 45
4 6,711 22353–29063 29,064 2000-11-20 45–59
5 1,220 29064–30283 30,284 2005-12-04 59–61

Each CID (Character ID) in a character collection is associated with a class of character shapes or glyphs. The specific shape of a glyph from a given glyph class is dependent on the typeface style and possibly other factors. Glyphs for all CIDs are illustrated in this document, providing a specific example or instance of the correspondence between a CID and its glyph shape class. Font developers should design glyphs for each CID of the character collection, and may use this document as a reference when proofing or otherwise validating CIDFont resources.

The following sections detail the history and contents of each of the six Supplements of the Adobe-GB1-5 character collection.

Supplement 0—Adobe-GB1-0

Supplement 0, which enumerates 7,717 glyphs, specifically CIDs 0 through 7716, support the GB 2312-80 and GB 1988-89 character set standards, to include corrections and additions specified in GB 6345.1-86, along with the Macintosh® versions thereof. Also included are vertical characters specified in GB/T 12345-90.

Supplement 1—Adobe-GB1-1

Supplement 1 provides 2,180 additional glyphs, specifically CIDs 7717 through 9896, that are necessary to support the GB/T 12345-90 character set standard. These 2,180 additional glyphs are traditional forms of hanzi that are included in Supplement 0.

Supplement 2—Adobe-GB1-2

Supplement 2 adds 12,230 glyphs, specifically CIDs 9897 through 22126, and provides support for the GBK character set standard (aka, GB 13000.1-93). These 12,230 additional glyphs include the hanzi necessary to completely support both the GBK character set standard and the complete set of 20,902 Chinese characters in Unicode Version 1.1.

Supplement 3—Adobe-GB1-3

Supplement 3 adds 226 glyphs, specifically CIDs 22127 through 22352, and was designed to add only pre-rotated versions of all non–full-width Latin and Latin-like glyphs found in Supplement 0, for the specific purpose of supporting the OpenType ‘vrt2’ (Vertical Alternates and Rotation) GSUB (Glyph SUBstitution) feature.

Supplement 4—Adobe-GB1-4

Supplement 4 adds 6,711 glyphs, specifically CIDs 22353 through 29063, to support the GB 18030-2000 character set standard. CIDs 22353 through 22356 provide glyphs for additional currency symbols with proportional and half-width properties, CID+22357 provides the ideographic half fill space that serves as a visual indicator of a screen space for half an ideograph, CID+22358 provides a full-width glyph for the Euro currency symbol, CIDs 22359 through 22397 provide glyphs for additional hiragana and katakana characters and symbols, some of which are adjusted for vertical use, CIDs 22398 through 22400 provide the so-called “Hangzhou” or “Suzhou” numerals that correspond to ten, twenty, and thirty, and CIDs 22401 through 22427 provide glyphs for extended Bopomofo.

The major portion of Supplement 4, specifically CIDs 22428 through 29058, provide the glyphs necessary to support CJK Unified Ideographs Extension A in its entirety, as defined by Unicode Version 3.0 and ISO 10646-1:2000.

Supplement 5—Adobe-GB1-5

Supplement 5 adds 1,220 glyphs, specifically CIDs 29064 through 30283, and provides support for Yi, which is one of the regional scripts referenced in the GB 18030-2005 character set standard.

Special Glyphs & Other Notes

The following sections detail special glyphs and other notes that are of interest to font developers. Several glyph classes are complex, and deserve some amount of explanation and clarification.

Space Glyphs

The following table lists all of the Adobe-GB1-5 glyphs that are classified as a space, or are otherwise rendered as a space, and provides information with regard to their intended usage, along with their recommended set widths:

CID Set Width Description
1 Proportional Latin space—U+0020
96 Full-width Ideographic space—U+3000
7716 Half-width Latin space—U+2002
22127 Full-width Pre-rotated version of CID+1
22352 Full-width Pre-rotated version of CID+7716

The space glyphs that are described as a pre-rotated version of another glyph must be assigned full-width set widths in terms of their horizontal set widths, but when instantiated as an OpenType font, their vertical set widths as specified in the OpenType ‘vmtx’ (Vertical Metrics) table should match those of their unrotated counterparts.

Hanzi Glyphs

Adobe-GB1-5 includes 27,629 glyphs that are classified as hanzi (aka ideographs), and their CID ranges, separated by Supplement, are shown in the table below:

Supplement CID Ranges
0 940–7702
1 7717–9896
2 10072–22126
3 none
4 22428–29058
5 none

Pre-Rotated Glyphs

In order to support the OpenType ‘vrt2’ (Vertical Alternates and Rotation) GSUB feature, the Adobe-GB1-5 character collection includes pre-rotated forms for all Latin and Latin-like glyphs that are not full-width. The table below details how horizontal CIDs and CID ranges map to their corresponding pre-rotated CID ranges:

Supplement Horizontal CIDs & CID Ranges Pre-Rotated CID Ranges
3 1–95, 7712–7715, 814–939, 7716 22127–22352
4 22353–22357 29059–29063

Glyph Set Widths

The following table provides CIDs and CID ranges that explicitly indicate which glyphs are intended to be designed with proportional- or half-width set widths. All other glyphs are expected to be full-width.

Set Width CIDs & CID Ranges
Proportional 1–95, 7712–7715, 22353–22354
Half-width 814–939, 7716, 22355–22357

The glyph tables that are provided in this document include registration marks that serve to indicate relative set width. Explicitly specifying width classes, such as in the above table, is clearly more accurate and reliable than measuring the distance between registration marks. Please use both resources as your guide.

Note that the registration marks used in the glyph tables are in a separate layer, and if their presence is annoying, that layer can be turned off, thus preventing their display.

CMap Resources

The CMap resources associated with the Adobe-GB1-5 character collection, along with the cid2code.txt datafile that provides additional details for font developers, are available as part of the CMap Resources open source project.

More complete descriptions of the individual Adobe-GB1-5 CMap resources can be found in Adobe Technical Note #5094, entitled Adobe CJKV Character Collections and CMap Files for CID-Keyed Fonts.

In general, the CMap resources that are based on legacy encodings, such as GBK, are no longer being updated. Rather, the Unicode CMap resources—available for UTF-8, UTF-16 (UTF-16BE), and UTF-32 (UTF-32BE) encodings, and kept perfectly synchronized—are updated on a regular basis, with new mappings being triggered by a new Supplement or a new version of Unicode. Furthermore, the UCS-2 CMap resources are obsolete and deprecated. Developers should use the UTF-16 CMap resources instead, because they are forward compatible with the now-obsolete UCS-2 ones.

Unicode Variation Sequences

The Standardized Variation Sequences (SVSes) that are specified in the Adobe-GB1_sequences.txt datafile correspond to CJK Compatibility Ideographs.

Glyph Tables

Representative glyphs for CIDs 0 through 30283 are provided in the Adobe-GB1-5.pdf file that is included in this repository, with 500 glyphs shown per page. And, for reader convenience, the beginning of each Supplement is clearly marked. The typeface used to exemplify each glyph is Adobe Song Std L (aka, AdobeSongStd-Light or Adobe 宋体 Std L), designed by Changzhou SinoType Technology Co., Ltd, owned by Adobe Systems Incorporated, and certified by the Press and Publication Administration of the People’s Republic of China, the China State Language Commission, and the National Typeface Committee. The specific font instance is Version 5.002, as reflected in its /CIDFontVersion dictionary entry.

Changes Since Earlier Versions

The following sections detail the history of this document, which was originally referred to as Adobe Technical Note #5079.

Since the 2000-11-30—Supplement 4—Version

The glyphs for Supplement 5, aimed to provide support for the Yi regional script of GB 18030, were added, and AdobeSongStd-Light (Adobe Song Std L) with /CIDFontVersion value 5.002 was used for the representative glyphs. Note that previous versions of this Adobe Tech Note used STSongStd-Light (STSong Std Regular) for its representative glyphs.

Since the 2007-02-28—Supplement 5—Version

The entire document was completely re-written.

Since the 2012-01-24—Supplement 5—Version

The entire specification was ported to GitHub markdown syntax and revised.

That is all.