Re: Korean compression (was: Re: Ternary search trees for Unicode dictionaries)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Nov 24 2003 - 13:29:04 EST

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    Peter Kirk scripsit:

    > This approach would certainly have simplified pointed Hebrew a lot, so
    > much so that it could well be serious.

    There are an awful lot of possibilities, and it's not clear that spinning
    them out a la Hangul really makes sense.

    > After all, Ethiopic was encoded
    > as a syllabary just because the vowel points happen to have become
    > attached to the base characters.

    Well, more because Ethiopic-script users think of the letters as
    part of a syllabary, though historically it's an abugida. The original
    design for Unicode Ethiopic used an alphabetic representation -- someone
    else can probably tell you more about the nitty-gritty of why it was

    > And we already have some precomposed
    > Hebrew syllables, FB1D, FB1F, FB2E, FB2F. But I guess it is too late for
    > a change now!

    It certainly is.

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