Re: New scripts/characters endorsed by UTC

From: Joan Aliprand (
Date: Wed Jun 04 1997 - 16:43:50 EDT

>On Wed, 4 Jun 1997, Rick McGowan wrote:
>>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
   graphic symbol.

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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