Re: Questions on ZWNBS - for line initial holam plus alef

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 06 2003 - 21:22:18 EDT

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    Kenneth Whistler scripsit:

    > D17a Defective combining character sequence: A combining character
    > sequence that does not start with a base character.
    > * Defective combining character sequences occur when a sequence
    > of combining characters appears at the start of a string or
    > follows a control or format character. Such sequences are
    > defective from the point of view of handling of combining
    > marks, but are not ill-formed.
    > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    What, if anything, does the term "ill-formed" mean when attached to
    a sequence of characters? I understood that every sequence of
    characters whatsoever is permitted.

    "But the next day there came no dawn,           John Cowan
    and the Grey Company passed on into the
    darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were
    lost to mortal sight; but the Dead    
    followed them.          --"The Passing of the Grey Company"

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