Re: Conflicting principles

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Aug 08 2003 - 15:35:09 EDT

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    Peter Kirk scripsit:

    > What if there is a line break between the two characters joined by a
    > double width combining character?

    That would be unbelievably atrocious typography. Double-width CCs are a
    hack, but a useful hack. Creating a factitious double-width CC that is
    actually only single width is Unicode abuse. It's *creative* abuse, to
    be sure, but abuse nonetheless.

    > Are arbitrary line breaks in the middle of words actually permitted
    > anyway?

    Sure. A line-break like "pre-
    posterous" would be encoded in English-mode Tengwar with the "e" vowel over
    the "p" consonant at the beginning of the second line.

    John Cowan <>
    Micropayment advocates mistakenly believe that efficient allocation of
    resources is the purpose of markets.  Efficiency is a byproduct of market
    systems, not their goal.  The reasons markets work are not because users
    have embraced efficiency but because markets are the best place to allow
    users to maximize their preferences, and very often their preferences are
    not for conservation of cheap resources.  --Clay Shirkey

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