From: Mike Ayers (email@example.com)
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 14:12:55 CDT
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On
> Behalf Of Philippe Verdy
> Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 9:09 AM
> From: "Michael Everson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Japanese is different; the users all use both scripts all the time.
> And there are occurences in Japanese of Katakana suffixes or
> particules added to
> Latin or Han words, notably to people names and trademarks...
> I've seen many
> texts where Han and Katakana are mixed in the same "word"
> (where it would be
> inappropriate to insert a word-break between runs of Han and Katakana
You mean hiragana, not katakana, and kanji, not Han, I believe.
Katakana are used for transliteration, and are not typically joined to
kanji, whereas hiragana are ubiquitously joined to kanji, as Japanese
particles do not ordinarily have kanji representation. I have not seen
katakana joined to kanji (or romaji), and suspect that such does not occur.
> My first implementation allowed line-breaks after each Han
> character, but an
> exception was made after users request to not do that after
> Han and before
> Katakana (despite line break is allowed between two Han
> characters), or after
> Latin and Katakana. So a simple approache that allows
> linebreaks between
> distinct scripts is deceptive. Am I wrong, or are my users
> wrong and want it as
> a presentation preference?
I believe, but am not certain, that nonbreaking kanji-to-hiragana is
correct, whereas you can break on kanji-to-katakana.
But all this leads me to finally ask: what does "script" mean? It
seems clear to me that although the term has been used throughout the
Phoenician debate, not everyone is using it the same way. I know that there
is a definition of "script" that is used for encoding purposes, but can I
find it written anywhere, or is it more of an ephemeral thing?
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