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

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 11:49:20 CDT

> Mark Shoulsons says that since QAMATS QATAN is a flavour of QAMATS,
> it should behave like QAMATS.

True, but giving it the same fixed-position class actually creates a
distinction, though not a particularly significant one.

> Regarding canonical equivalence, having
> both QAMATS and QAMATS QATAN on a single base letter would be
> pathological, so it doesn't really matter.

Agreed. But having qamats qatan and a class-220 accent would not.

> >I would probably leave the value at 220. That is what all of the
> >vowel points should have been, IMO. Though getting one right doesn't
> >make a huge difference -- people are still going to be using CGJ to
> >preserve particular sequences in the cases this will most likely be
> >needed.
> Mark says that "should have been" is great, but fixing one point is
> of no particular utility.

It provides improvement for very rare possibilities, which is indeed
marginal and only a minor drop in the larger bucket.

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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