From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Aug 08 2003 - 20:31:02 EDT
On Saturday, August 09, 2003 1:33 AM, Michael Everson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At 01:18 +0200 2003-08-09, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> > 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 [...]
> Music setting is not typesetting, and that kind of music
> representation is outside of the scope of the Unicode Standard.
This was just an example, but a significant one which is also used
in text with similarities; look at box grouping characters, acting like
parentheses in hieroglyphs, or the thick line above characters used
to mark their "color", and even about the underlining style (not really
plain text, but very close to it.
OK music setting is not text setting, but there are many links
between various notational systems, where signs, symbols or marks
are imported from each other, that would just simply demonstrate
that diacritics may be actually broken and splitted across lines,
without necessarily be thought as an "horrible" typesetting.
Line breaking by itself is not plain-text. It's a rendering effect more or
less described, enabled, forced or disabled for the representation of
the rest of the plain text. If one thinks about it, there may be other
representations that exhibit a glyph for a puctuation mark and no
other specific code defined as it's device specific and in many cases
unpredictable. It could even be completely removed from a
Braille or Teletype strip band used to represent the same text, and
Unicode can be used in other contexts than just text setting on a
bidimensional surface. Typesetting rules are not Unicode rules, so
they are also out of scope of the standard, and so I see no good
reason to qualify as "horrible" a possible typesettig representation
of a perfectly valid and nondefective Unicode encoded sequence.
I admit that you are extremely interested in the correct typesetting
of Unicode due to your huge activities in the design of fonts, and
I won't criticize your expertize in that domain, but this domain is not
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