RE: Unicode Cyrillic GHE DE PE TE in Serbian

From: Janko Stamenovic (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 05:16:29 EST

Where can be found the best documentation about Plane 14 tags?

Do you know when and who is going to start to support them?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doug Ewell []
> Sent: Donnerstag, 6. Januar 2000 07:00
> To: Unicode List
> Subject: RE: Unicode Cyrillic GHE DE PE TE in Serbian
> Janko Stamenovic wrote:
> >> Janko, how can you ask, in the *same* e-mail, that Serbian-Cyrillic
> >> and Russian-Cyrillic are dis-unified (because some lowercase letters
> >> look different in italic) *and* that the whole Cyrillic and Latin
> >> alphabets be unified (because some letters look the same)?
> >
> > I just demonstrate to you that the REAL standard must take care of
> > everything, not only parts of the issue. If we have to know about
> > language tags, we either should have incorporated them in the code or
> > made the code/standard good enough to take care of it.
> If you mean Plane 14 language tags, you don't have to know a thing about
> them to use Unicode. However, if you do use them, and if future software
> and fonts are smart enough, you may get what you want: different glyph
> variants of U+043F CYRILLIC SMALL LETTER PE, depending on whether your
> text is tagged as Serbian or Russian.
> Similarly, Marco may get what he wants: different glyph variants of e.g.
> U+00E1 LATIN SMALL LETTER A WITH ACUTE, depending on whether his text is
> tagged as Italian or Polish.
> And all the Japanese users who don't like the look of Chinese fonts
> may get what they want too.
> This would be a great use of Plane 14 tags: helping fonts to solve font
> issues instead of adding more "compatibility" characters to Unicode.
> -Doug Ewell
> Fullerton, California

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