RE: Addition of remaining two Maltese Characters to Unicode

From: Ayers, Mike (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2000 - 21:16:49 EDT

> From: Tiro Typeworks []
> Sent: Monday, July 31, 2000 4:52 PM
> On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, Ayers, Mike wrote:
> > Okay, so I'm lobbing this out from the top of my head,
> but wouldn't
> > g + h + ZWJ and i + e + ZWJ give all the necessary
> information to handle
> > these properly?
> More than enough information; in fact, this would be an overly complex
> solution to something that software should be able to handle
> without such
> gymnastics. If you were going to do something like this, the
> ZWJ character
> would go between the other two.

        My mistake.

> But why represent a single grapheme by
> three characters when you can represent it by two?

        I quote Angelo Dalli:

>>are also problems in distinguishing between the Maltese 'ie' and the
>>sequence 'i' + 'e' found in words adopted from English.

        I interpreted this to mean that he wanted to be able to form two
different constructs using the same letters, e.g. i + e for an English loan
word, but i + ZWJ + e for native Maltese words. This would allow proper
rendering for both types of words, so that, say "piece" wouldn't be rendered
with the "i" and "e" joined. Did I misunderstand?


> John Hudson
> Tiro Typeworks
> Vancouver, BC

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