Compatibility decompositions

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 13 2003 - 13:36:00 EDT

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    I realize that existing compatibility decompositions are a rag-bag,
    especially those marked with the generic <compat> tag rather than one
    of the specific tags such as <font>, <initial>, or <super>. I wonder
    what principles, if any, can be enunciated for giving a newly introduced
    character a compatibility decomposition at the present time?

    In particular, is it sufficient that the character strongly resembles an
    existing character or combination of characters, but for one or another
    reason needs to be distinct from it?

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