RE: Just if and where is the then?

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 15:27:48 CDT

> If a can have U+0061 and have a composite that is U+00e2...U+...
> If e can have U+0065 and have a composite that is U+00ea...U+...
> Then why is e with accented grave or acute and dot below cannot be
> a single unicode value instead of the combinational values 1EB9 0301
> etc....
> Since UNICODE is gradually becoming a defacto, I still think it will
not be
> a bad idea to have such composite values.

The existing composites were included only out of necessity so that new
Unicode implementations could interoperate with existing implementations
using legacy industry-standard encodings. Apart from the backward
compatibility issue, these composites go against Unicode's design
principles and are not needed.

No new composite values will be added.

Peter Constable
Globalization Infrastructure and Font Technologies
Microsoft Windows Division

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