From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Feb 11 2003 - 02:11:30 EST
Chris Jacobs <c dot t dot m dot jacobs at hccnet dot nl> wrote:
> If I have a right to left text in unipad and if I use then a UCN \u
> notation, then this notation is treated by bidi as left-to right text.
> Is this what bidi is supposed to do? I don't like this behavior in
> text editors.
Universal Character Names (UCNs) are a popular and effective shorthand
notation for representing Unicode characters. A UCN is not, however,
"identical" to the character it represents, in the sense that a
precomposed character is "identical" to a base character plus combining
mark(s). It is an ASCII escape sequence and is treated like any other
sequence of ASCII characters.
> I would like a right to left char be treated as a right to left char,
> even when the char itself is composed of left to right chars.
But it's *not* a right-to-left character. It's a sequence of six LTR
characters that *represents* a RTL character.
Asking a text editor to display the ASCII sequence "\u05c0" as RTL, but
to display the ASCII sequences "\x05c0" and "/u05c0" and "\uO5cO" (with
capital letters O) and "\u04c0" as LTR, just seems bizarre and would
surely be more confusing than the current state of affairs.
> If I have in a text editor:
> כי יהוה עי\u05e0יו משטטות בכל הארץ
> then I don't want the text to break.
Then you should go ahead and convert the UCN sequence to a real NUN
(resulting in כי יהוה עיניו משטטות בכל הארץ). This is supremely easy in
UniPad; there's even a toolbar button for it.
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