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for ISO/IEC 10036 Font-Related Objects

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10036 Registry: Background

As the application scope of electronic document expands, a large variety of symbols in electronic document increase. But not all required symbols have not been standardised, and various 'ad hoc' workarounds. Embedding a non-standardised symbol as an image has become a common practice.

But the symbols which are embedded as an image may not be distinguished from one another. They need to be identified somehow. And this is where the 10036 Registry comes in. The ISO/IEC 10036 defines the mechanism where 'font related objects', such as glyphs and glyph collections are registered in a public registry, and given unique identifiers, so that symbols embedded as an image may be distinguished using the identifiers.

Another feature that the 10036 mechanism has is that registration is done on request, and on the "First come, first served" basis. Registration here does not mean authorisation by ISO or any other standard. It just recognises there exists such a glyph. The Registry store the details of the glyph, such as the name, title and function of the glyph, the language(s) and application domain in which the glyph is typically used, and so on.

Glyph registration by ISO/IEC 10036 and standardised character codes do not compete with each other. They compliment each other, instead. With glyph registration, glyphs are published on registration alone, whereas in a coded character set, characters are published on agreement and approval. Standardised characters are highly reusable and interchangeable, but may be limited in number. This is quite legitimate. On the other hand, glyphs in the 10036 may not be as reusable, but they provide a minimal level of interchangeability.


The Registration Authority for Font-Related Objects, and the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM) disclaims all warranties including but not limited to any warranty that the use of the registered information herein will not infringe any rights or any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About the Registration Authority

The Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), which is a research branch of the International University of Japan, was designated as registration authority for the ISO/IEC 10036 by the ISO secretariat in July 2001. Since then, GLOCOM has taken efforts to maintain and expand the 10036 Registry.