Re: [OT] multilingual support in MS products (was Re: Kurdish ghayn)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Mon Apr 28 2003 - 11:43:58 EDT

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    Thomas Pottjegort <thomas at nedstat dot com> wrote regarding the use of
    ISO 6937 in Videotex and Teletex:

    > Because you could use only 40 characters by 25 lines the char "IJ" is
    still very usefull.

    In those limited-display environments, sure, the more text you can cram
    into one column the better. On an 80-column screen or in today's GUI
    environments, I imagine the need is greatly reduced.

    BTW, notice in this thread how consistently users are typing the
    individual letters I and J to refer to the precomposed IJ character.
    That should tell us a lot about how necessary this precomposed character
    really is to support Dutch.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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