From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Feb 17 2004 - 21:02:01 EST
> 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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