From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Aug 10 2003 - 21:44:13 EDT
Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:
> Note that these two ZW and SP classes of characters are *normative*.
> Another proof that SPACE+diacritics is really a hack causing lots of
> problems in the Unicode main standard and its standard annexes.
Has it occurred to anyone yet that the very *concept* of spacing
diacritics is a hack? Spacing diacritics are used to conduct a sort of
meta-discussion about characters, as in "A base character o is combined
with an acute accent ´ to create ó." They are not part of the normal
writing systems of most natural languages.
It is as if I were describing the two typical glyphs used for lower-case
g, the one with "one bowl" and the one with "two bowls," but actually
showing the separate, constituent pieces of the glyphs instead of using
words to describe them. They are interesting things to talk about, but
not necessarily things that need to be encoded in plain text.
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