From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 19:13:02 EDT
At 15:18 -0700 2003-08-06, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
> > 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.
>The reason why the UTC should tackle the encoding of Tengwar is not
>so much because it would help in the publication of Elvish poetry,
>but because confronting the architectural issues it poses for
>encoding would make an excellent tutorial case for how the two
>principles of combining mark order and
>logical order impact the task of coming up with an appropriate
>encoding for a complex script. And it would starkly illustrate the
>fact that an appropriate character encoding does not necessarily
>directly reflect the phonological structure of a language as
>represented by that script.
Some rather old discussion papers on this topic may be found at
It *is* a problem.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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