RE: Proposal to add QAMATS QATAN to the BMP of the UCS

From: Ernest Cline (
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 23:19:30 CDT

> [Original Message]
> From: Michael Everson <>
> A new contribution.
> N2755
> Proposal to add QAMATS QATAN to the BMP of the UCS
> Michael Everson & Mark Shoulson

Given the description in the proposal which indicates that
this character has its origin as a glyphic variant of QAMATS,
It would seem to me that it would be appropriate that this new
character's canonical combining class should either be the
same as that of QAMATS which is 18 or perhaps a new fixed
position combining class and not the 220 given in the
proposal for QAMATS QATAN.

The sequemce <05D2 05A4 05B8> normalizes to
 <05D2 05B8 05A4> placing the vowel point QAMATS
before the cantilation mark. However as proposed,
 <05D2 05A4 05BA> would remain in that order, leaving
QAMATS QATAN as the only Hebrew vowel point that
does not uniformly normalize to be before cantillation marks.


Also, the proposal gives two different potential codepoints for
QAMATS QATAN, refereing to it in one place as 05BA and in
another as 05A2. While both are unused codepoints, it would
probably be better to place it among the other vowel points
which would make 05BA the better choice.

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