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I think it has something to do with the descender height.


Most font managers should tell you this. I'm not sure what you use, but I can show you in FontExplorer X Pro. Open the font 'information' window (cmd+i on OS X), then under 'Detailed Preview', all available OpenType features are shown in the right column, as you can see in the screenshot:


It is bit of everything combined. Most users do not need a font that covers all the possible usecases. Typing text is much more common than doing mathematical notation, thus a widely useful font only requires a few hundred glyphs to share. So for average western european it takes about 50 chars for most tasks. By doing 200 you can cover 95% of about a ...

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