Re: ZWJ and Latin Ligatures

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Jul 01 2002 - 12:16:48 EDT

Some nice person just said to me privately:

>Michael Everson wrote:
>> In my paper I raised
>> a lot of questions about exceptions and the use of these. I don't
>> think they were ever all answered.My other papers, N2141 and N2147,
>> show a number of examples of ligation which is not particularly
>> predictable. That's what ZWJ us supposed to be for.
>That's because some people (not to mention any ad-hominem names; there
>is more than one) are more interested in saying "This is a simple
>problem, and the rendering systems of the future (or my Mac today) will
>handle it automatically" than in answering the complex linguistic and
>orthographic questions you raised.
>Personally I think your ZERO-WIDTH LIGATOR papers are among the best of
>all your Unicode-related papers. I agreed with the decision to unify
>the ligation function with ZWJ rather than creating a new character, but
>your arguments about Latin, Greek, Runic, Old Hungarian, etc. ligation
>were thorough and unassailable.

Thank you, nice person. It's nice to know that someone else looked at
the argument and came up with the same conclusion that I did.

Michael Everson *** Everson Typography ***

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