From: Jony Rosenne (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 08:58:28 EDT
I would like to point out that with all due respect, how particular fonts or rendering engines behave is only marginally relevant to the Unicode list. I think that we should deal only with the Unicode specification.
A particular implementation or many implementations may not behave as expected, and then may be either conformant or non-conformant, or may behave as expected and still be either conformant or non-conformant. Messages such as the attached help the discussion of the specification only as illustrations and as a basis for discussing conformity.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Peter Kirk
> Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2003 12:11 PM
> To: Curtis Clark
> Cc: Unicode List
> Subject: Re: Display of Isolated Nonspacing Marks (was Re:
> Questions on ZWNBS...)
> On 05/08/2003 16:59, Curtis Clark wrote:
> > on 2003-08-05 15:31 Peter Kirk wrote:
> >> Thank you, Mark. This helps to clarify things, but still doesn't
> >> explicitly answer my question of how to encode "a sentence
> like "In
> >> this language the diacritic ^ may appear above the letters
> ...", but
> >> instead of ^ I want to use a combining character" and want to
> >> display exactly one space before the combining character - do I
> >> encode two spaces or one?
> > In this language the diacritic ̊ may appear above the letters...
> > Two spaces, at least in Thunderbird Mail.
> Thank you. Well, this sort of works. I looked in various
> fonts. In some
> of them the diacritic is centred in the space between the words
> "diacritic" and "may", but in others it is offset to the left or the
> right. The problem is that the space is wider than the
> diacritic, which
> confuses things, and all the more so no doubt if it expands for
> justification. NBSP would probably be a better choice in that
> it is less
> likely to expand. But what I am looking for is a diacritic
> holder which
> is defined to be only as wide as the diacritic. On the principle that
> base characters expand to fit the width of the diacritic, ZWSP or,
> better, a real (rather than misnamed) zero width no break space would
> seem to have the right properties for that.
> Peter Kirk
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