Re: REALLY *not* Tamil - changing scripts (long)

From: Curtis Clark (
Date: Sat Jul 27 2002 - 02:23:21 EDT

Addison Phillips [wM] wrote:
> Obviously I'm not an expert in these linguistic areas (and hence
> rarely comment on them), but it seems to me that the lack of other
> mechanisms makes Unicode an attractive target for criticism in this
> area.

Certainly no Unicode-bashing was intended (I'm more of a Unicode
evangelist). I guess I'm confused about the use of Unicode character
properties. Are you saying that, even though Unicode defines U+0027 as
punctuation, other, I could use it as a glottal stop and create a locale
that would treat it as a letter (and still be "Unicode compliant",
whatever that is?). And if that's the case, are the Unicode properties
just guides? Could I develop an orthography where Yβяبձ⁋ would be a
word, and there would be no consequences?

Curtis Clark        
Mockingbird Font Works        

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