Re: Stacking Thai marks, stacking Hebrew marks?

From: Elaine Keown (
Date: Mon Nov 06 2000 - 10:12:59 EST


I'm following the Thai discussion with interest, since complex Hebrew manuscripts also have major stacking problems.............

In the current Unicode Standard, is there a numeric limit to how many things---multiple systems of vowel points, text annotation systems, etc----can be stacked onto a base character?

If some of the stacked items REALLY belong to the base character, but others are actually "attached" to a specific syllable or the word involved, they just appear above a base character, what does Unicode do?
Is this information somewhere in the Unicode 3.0 book?

Hebrew-Aramaic script has ancient reading annotation systems [like the Koran (Unicode 3.0, p. 394, 06D6-06ED) and the Rg Veda], so it has its own sets of syntactic/semantic/prosodic text markups--3 regional, 1 Samaritan.

The main computerized Hebrew manuscript, the Leningrad Codex, is actually considerably simpler than other Hebrew manuscripts.

I'm getting ready to look at the complexity problem this week.

Elaine Keown


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