Re: Display of Isolated Nonspacing Marks (was Re: Questions on ZWNBS...)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue Aug 05 2003 - 22:55:42 EDT

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    Peter Kirk <peter dot r dot kirk at ntlworld dot com> wrote:

    > Suppose for example I want to write a sentence like "In this language
    > the diacritic ^ may appear above the letters ...", but instead of ^ I
    > want to use a combining character, a regularly positioned centred
    > above the letter diacritic, which does not have a defined spacing
    > variant. I don't want a dotted circle. And I want it to be spaced as
    > here, i.e. with one space before the diacritic and one after it. It
    > seems to me that at one place in the standard I am told to encode
    > space - combining mark - space, for the combining mark will not
    > combine with the space because the space is not a base character; and
    > in another place I am implicitly told to encode space - space -
    > combining mark - space, because the second space acts as a carrier for
    > the combining mark.

    space + (space + combining character) + space

    > Perhaps a simple way ahead would be to define a new character
    > something like COMBINING MARK HOLDER...

    Uhh, no.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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