Re: Latin ligatures and Unicode

Date: Tue Dec 28 1999 - 10:26:09 EST

       MC>And indeed, when we are dealing with extinct languages, or
       with texts that may possibly contain hidden messages, we cannot
       be totally sure that what seems to be an arbitrary graphical
       choice isn't really a meaningful feature. So it makes sense to
       have a device to encode the graphic difference, just to be as
       literal as possible. And it makes sense to have it in plain
       text, because a character set is a character set, not a word
       processor, and it should not rely too much on font
       technologies... Who said that the primary thing I want to do
       with my text is to display or print it, rather than, say, store
       it in a database for doing a statistical research?

       If we start talking about encoding in Unicode all presentation
       distinctions in ancient documents that might prove to be
       significant (but also might not), won't we end up turning this
       character encoding standard into a glyph encoding standard?
       Maybe this rhetorical question is reactionary and that is could
       be feasible to add such to Unicode in a controlled manner. Just
       sounds scary.


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