Re: Conflicting principles

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Fri Aug 08 2003 - 19:18:50 EDT

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    On Friday, August 08, 2003 9:16 PM, Peter Kirk <> wrote:

    > On 07/08/2003 13:57, John Cowan wrote:
    > > ... But an immediate problem comes to mind: what if there is a
    > > line break between the two base characters?
    > What if there is a line break between the two characters joined by a
    > double width combining character?
    > Are arbitrary line breaks in the middle of words actually permitted
    > anyway? Presumably any line breaking property of the first base
    > character of the pair is cancelled anyway. That leaves a problem only
    > if the second base character has a line break before possibility.
    > Well, that could just be treated as one of the sequences we were
    > discussing yesterday, not illegal Unicode but its rendering is
    > undefined.

    Such break in a middle of a multiple width diacritic exist in some
    notations, and are not considered "horrible typography".
    Just look at musical notations where a upper horizontal parenthesis
    is used to group some elements (sorry I don't know how you name
    it exactly in English or Italian), despite there's a measure break
    in the middle, which may span to the other musical line: you end
    up with two parts for the same diacritic broken across the lines.

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