Re: Questions on ZWNBS - for line initial holam plus alef

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Aug 11 2003 - 21:03:05 EDT

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    Peter Kirk scripsit:

    > These processes cannot
    > simply take a space as a space and process it as such. Every time they
    > come across a space (which is very often!) they have to test whether it
    > is followed by a combining character, and if it is they have to treat
    > that space specially.

    This must be done for all other base characters as well.

    > This has created a serious problem for
    > implementers, which is why they have produced non-conforming
    > implementations - and we are not talking about small companies which
    > have rushed into the market recently, we are talking about Microsoft,
    > among others, which has been sponsoring Unicode for the start, I
    > understand.

    You don't have (nor do I) the vaguest idea why Microsoft produced
    this particular nonconforming implementation, or whether they
    consider it a bug or not.

    > Surely the UTC should not create difficulties for
    > implementers and then just shout at them for getting things wrong. The
    > UTC should try to produce a standard which is workable without
    > unnecessary complications.

    This is sheer conjecture.

    John Cowan
    [P]olice in many lands are not complaining that local arrestees are insisting
    on having their Miranda rights read to them, just like perps in American TV
    cop shows.  When it's explained to them that there are in a different country,
    where those rights do not exist, they become outraged.  --Neal Stephenson

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