Re: Is it true that Unicode is insufficient for Oriental languages?

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Fri May 23 2003 - 22:36:00 EDT

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    Philippe Verdy continued:

    > Even today, most websites (including Unicode.ord) cannot
    > represent correctly mathematical formulas without using
    > images (their representation as text makes the formula
    > difficult to read and does not exhibit well its structure
    > without using excessie levels of visible parenthesis).

    That is what MathML is for.

    > There's still no representation of "invisible parentheses" that
    > could be encoded to group related entities on which an operator
    > charactor applies,

    Thas is what structural markup in MathML is for.

    > and still no model for a bi-dimensional (non linear) representation
    > of text

    That is *not* what Unicode is for. (It is out-of-scope.)

    > I bet that such extended and more general 2D
    > composition/representation model will appear in a
    > future version of Unicode to avoid infinite growth of
    > the Unicode codepoints needed to represent text or
    > technical publications,

    I'll take that bet. Cash on the barrelhead?


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