From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Apr 02 2003 - 11:41:18 EST
Stefan Persson <alsjebegrijptwatikbedoel at yahoo dot se> wrote:
> This program looks good; however, it would be nice if it could convert
> e.g. "ä" into "a"+combining diæresis instead of just keeping it in the
> normal style. "ä" needs to be supported by mathematical fonts in any
> case, as it is often used to indicate d²a/dt² where t represents the
I think support for full decomposition might be a bit overkill for a
program that was intended, at least originally, as a complete joke.
Another user suggested an option to prepend a U+FEFF signature to the
output stream, since Notepad et al. can't recognize a UTF-8 file without
one. That seems possible.
I see a few people have actually downloaded MathText and tried it out.
I thought it would make a better joke to actually implement the thing,
complete with UI mini-frills (icons to indicate scripts supported by the
chosen style, selectable Unicode 3.x/4.x conversion to SCRIPT SMALL L,
etc.) than simply to describe it on a Web page. This was in the same
spirit as Michael, Roozbeh, and John's full-blown COMBINING HEART
proposal, which was far funnier than if somebody had just mentioned the
idea without developing it.
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