From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Aug 07 2003 - 14:10:02 EDT
On 06/08/2003 15:24, Doug Ewell wrote:
>Like Freud's cigar, sometimes a "may" is just a "may." And I suspect
>the phrase "any intelligent typographer" MAY generate some flak from
>typographers on this list who consider themselves "intelligent enough"
>yet have a different opinion.
>I'm not a typographer (intelligent or otherwise), but I'm having a tough
>time seeing how Section 2.10 *requires* fonts and rendering engines to
>give a space-plus-combining-diacritic combination the exact minimum
>width of the diacritic alone, or to leave equal space before and after
>such a combination. All I think it is saying is that, for example, the
>combination i-plus-tilde may be wider than i alone, because tilde is
>wider than i.
OK, Doug, I accept that a "may" is a "may" and an implementation in
which the tilde on an i collides with neighbouring characters is Unicode
compliant. It's just bad typography (unless some special effect is
intended). Any typographers on the list care to disagree? I would
suggest that it is also bad typography for a space, diacritic
combination to be wider than the diacritic, as long as the typographer
realises that space is being used here as a convention and, according to
the standard, does not have the usual properties of a space.
-- Peter Kirk firstname.lastname@example.org (personal) email@example.com (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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