Date: Mon Jul 28 2003 - 15:35:10 EDT
Ken: Speaking for Sybase products, "fixing" the combining classes of the
existing vowels would have *no* positive impacts. It would have
a large number of negative impacts, the ultimate ramifications
of which I cannot even follow to their eventual conclusions. ...
I hope you will excuse my ignorance, but I do not understand how correcting
the canonical classes is such a huge technical problem. If anyone has
already normalized their biblical Hebrew data, they have trashed it, and it
will have to be re-done anyway. Secondly, the Character Properties would
appear to be one huge matrix which would be called by any software needing
to know these. Why can't we just fix the database? :)
I am completely ignorant of the mechanics of sorting algorithms and
whatever types of software are required to implement canonical classes.
However I can tell you it is no small thing to write in some kind of
intelligence in every future keyboard, conversion table, and search engine
for Hebrew just to identify how to undo "Yerushali-am". And having to trick
every browser is no small feat either. And that is only one exception of
the many that have been discussed.
Non-Roman Script Initiative - SIL
Hebrew Font Project Manager
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