RE: Why is Unicode inconsistant?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Oct 04 1999 - 12:31:05 EDT

Ar 09:02 -0700 1999-10-04, scríobh

>John Cowan replied:
>>Combining-slash decompositions are considered to be over the top:
>>they're impossible to recombine at the glyph level accurately,
>>because the position of the slash varies randomly depending on the
>>base letter.
>This is not very convincing. The same thing is true also with many other
>combining characters. Even a diaresis, or an acute accent do look different
>on different base characters (e.g. small and capital letters).

As a font designer I assure you it is quite convincing. The "floating"
diacritics can interact with the bounding box. Superimposed diacritics have
to interact in other ways.

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