Re: Accented ij ligatures (was: Unicode Public Review Issues update)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Jul 02 2003 - 11:28:02 EDT

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    Kent Karlsson <kentk at cs dot chalmers dot se> wrote:

    >> Believe it or not, the IJ and ij digraphs *were* included for
    >> compatibility with an 8-bit legacy character set (ISO 6937).
    > 6937 is a multibyte encoding (one or two bytes per character).
    > There are no combining characters at all in 6937, even though
    > there is a common misunderstanding that there are, since the
    > lead bytes are (almost) systematically assigned.

    It's still an 8-bit character set. Characters are defined in terms of
    8-bit code units; some use one, others use two. This is just like the
    double-byte character sets used for CJK.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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