>On Wed, 4 Jun 1997, Rick McGowan wrote:
>AND ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE...
>>General Variation Mark, 1 character, per WG2 resolution
>>M32.16, at U+FFFB. [This one was *highly* controversial,
>I was under the impression that at UTC this General Variation Mark (thingie)
>wasn't accepted, but that it was suspiciously sniffed over, and people could
>live with it perhaps in some future encoding of combinatorial CJK entities, if
>and only if it came AFTER the character. But that it shouldn't be considered
>separately from the combination method.
The instruction to the Unicode liaison via a formal motion was:
To oppose adding the general variation mark unless text is added
to ISO/IEC 10646 that this character follows the associated
In the discussion, these points were made:
* that this character is related to the Han composition proposal, and
ought not be introduced beforehand;
* Serious implications for implementations are introduced by the
specification that this character precede (rather than follow) the
character it affects.
* this proposl should be considered in relation to a proposal to
indicate alternative forms made by Peter Edberg at this UTC
-- Joan Aliprand
Chair, Unicode Technical Committee
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