From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Apr 27 2003 - 18:37:07 EDT
Thomas Milo <t dot milo at chello dot nl> wrote:
> IJ as a character is part and parcel of Dutch orthography and
> included in the Unicode Standard at the request of the Netherlands
> Standardisation Committee. There is no need to ask approval to use
> IJ/ij - the only point I am making is, that we still don't have a
> convenient way of entering it.
If there really is a need to add keyboard support for this
Dutch-specific digraph, the change should be made to the Dutch keyboard,
not to the already overburdened US-International keyboard.
As Michka pointed out, the problem with a dead-key combination for Ĳ is
that the user who presses "I" won't see anything at all until he presses
another key. A dead-key mechanism that backspaces and replaces the last
character may seem like a good idea, but again as Michka said, you can't
really do that with standard Windows keyboard drivers.
Instead, it might be more appropriate to assign Ĳ/ĳ to an AltGr+letter
combination on the Dutch keyboard. AltGr+J seems like a suitable
choice, and has the advantage of being compatible with the ISO 9995
I assume Thomas has worked out the difficulties associated with
increased use of the precomposed Ĳ and ĳ characters, such as what to do
about the mountain of legacy data that uses I+J or i+j and how to allow
Dutch typists to type "bijoux" and "hijack" and "marijuana" correctly,
so I won't pursue that topic further.
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