Conflicting principles

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 16:16:50 EDT

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    I would like to ask the old farts^W^Wrespected elders of the UTC
    which principle they consider more important, abstractly speaking:
    the principle that combining marks always follow their base characters
    (a typographical principle), or that text is stored, with a few minor
    exceptions, in phonetic order (a lexicographical principle).

    As someone or other said, "I believe that hitherto -- *hitherto,* mark
    you -- [we have] entirely overlooked the existence of", well, scripts
    that might cause a conflict between these esteemed principles.

    Feel free to treat this posting with scorn.

    Not to perambulate                 John Cowan <>    
        the corridors        
    during the hours of repose
        in the boots of ascension.       --Sign in Austrian ski-resort hotel  

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