From: Marco Cimarosti (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 10:11:18 EST
Rick McGowan wrote:
> Please note that the Issues for Public Review have been
> updated with a new review item regarding tailoring of
> normalization. Please see issue number 7 on this page:
"The UTC is considering allowing limited tailoring of normalization forms."
My €0.02 worth comment:
Issue 7 is to be rejected because it is useless. It is trying to allow what
is already allowed and could not possibly be forbidden.
It has always been possible to invent alternative "normalization" schemes,
similar in principle, but not identical to any of the four Unicode standard
Normalization Forms. This is part of the processing that an application is
allowed do to text, and that an user may expect a certain application to
E.g., the purpose of a certain program can be to convert traditional CJK
ideographs to simplified ones, or to transliterate one script into another,
or to change all uppercase letters to lowercase.
Some of these character-level operations can work in a very similar way to
the standard normalization forms (and, maybe, even reuse the same library
functions) but, IMHO, there is no need that the Unicode Standard explicitly
authorizes, endorses or even just acknowledges the existence of these
private normalization schemes.
IMHO, if you need to do such a non-standard normalization scheme, just do
it. But invent your own name for it: don't call it "tailored Unicode NFxx".
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