Re: Unicode plane 14 language tags.

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Oct 29 2002 - 12:28:00 EST

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    At 05:29 10/29/2002, William Overington wrote:

    >Also, it is a pity that this new era of Unicode glasnost (displayed with a
    >ligature? :-) ) comes so shortly after the last Unicode Technical
    >Committee meeting the minutes of which state the consensus about no more
    >ligatures being added to the U+FBxx block. Surely the matter of ligatures
    >would be a good topic upon which to conduct such a public review.

    No, it would not. No more ligatures should be added to Unicode. Most of
    those that are already there, esp. the Arabic ligatures, should be
    deprecated. Ligature codepoints are totally unnecessary. They are counter
    to Unicode's character/glyph model. They fuck up important aspects of text
    processing such as sorting, searching and spellchecking. The only thing
    stupider than adding new ligatures to Unicode would be using Private Use
    Area codepoints for them, which super-fuck up text processing.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC

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