From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Nov 11 2003 - 08:30:20 EST
From: Jill Ramonsky
> Thanks for your highly constructive email. I'd be quite happy then to
> support the addition of just one single new Unicode character then
> (instead of six) - as in your ligature idea, which above I called
> DIGIT COMBINING LIGATURE. This would seem to solve
> everything (pending your answer to my proviso).
Another solution could be a formatting control that overrides the
interpretation of a sequence of characters as digits rather than as letters
(in a way similar to what is used, and sometimes written with a plain
symbol, in other scripts where both digits and letters are written with the
Its effect and applicability would be similar to the RLM and LRM controls
used to override a default directionality property, instead of the numeric
Here I just suggested a few things for your problem of natural sort or
semantic analysis, but I don't need it and I won't defend this idea. It's up
to you to defned your opinion and make an alternate proposal for WG2.
Clearly you take your distance from the other very problematic proposal to
encode figure-width letters...
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