Re: Cuneiform Free Variation Selectors

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Mon Jan 19 2004 - 14:14:17 EST

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    Michael Everson wrote at 5:55 PM on Monday, January 19, 2004:

    >At 12:39 -0500 2004-01-19, Dean Snyder wrote:
    >>But NO ONE mentioned free variation selectors in the discussion until
    >But it's not MAGIC, Dean. Whether it's one of the "base signs plus
    >productive modifiers" you cooked up in December, or whether it's
    >viramas, or zero-width joiners, or variation selectors,

    It may not be magic but I was basically told it was taboo in Unicode.

    Before I ran across free variation selectors in Unicode, people were
    saying that this type of model was a bad thing in and of itself and that
    it was a glyph description language and out of scope.

    But now that I know that it is already part of the model for some scripts
    in Unicode and is being considered for further use, as in Han and Hebrew,
    I question whether this is the technical hair-brained, off-the-wall idea
    some have tried to make it out to be.

    But, of course, it bears more investigation.

    >all of those are just neutral characters to which some sort of
    >behaviour is ascribed.

    Which is all I'm asking for in cuneiform.


    Dean A. Snyder

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