Re: (SC2WG2.609) New contribution N2705

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Feb 17 2004 - 21:02:01 EST

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    > My point here is that if we once start on encoding subscript letters
    > used in specialist scientific notation, there is no easy place to stop.
    > Either we need to accept the principle that subscripts are encodable and
    > set aside space for a whole alphabet of them (and an upper case alphabet
    > and a Greek alphabet as well, plus punctuation); or else we need to say
    > from the start that these things are not plain text and should not be
    > encoded in Unicode.

    An excellent argument, here. If we really need subscripts to work with various
    notational systems which can use arbitrary base characters, why not encoding
    instead a subscript modifier as a diacritic coded after the base character it
    modifies to make it a subscript?

    Then why not superscripts as well?

    So unless it is used for some internationally approved and widely used notation
    (IPA is such one) I see little application of encoding some separate characters
    for very specific notational system...

    Imagine what would happen if one requested the same subscripts for Han studies?

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