RE: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Jony Rosenne (
Date: Thu May 20 2004 - 14:16:13 CDT

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    I think we should be careful not to introduce new features, such as
    variation selectors, to new scripts, unless there is a strong reason to do

    The fact that VS are now standard in Unicode does not require every Hebrew
    software to support them, even by ignoring them.

    There is a huge cost involved.


    > -----Original Message-----
    > From:
    > [] On Behalf Of Peter Constable
    > Sent: Thursday, May 20, 2004 5:35 PM
    > To: Unicode List
    > Subject: RE: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?
    > > Even with a separate Phoenician script, it might be a good idea to
    > > provide variation sequences
    > Hmmm, gives me an idea: For those people that want to unify,
    > would it help if all of the Phoenician characters were
    > considered as variation sequences of Hebrew characters, but
    > for convenience we used "pre-composed", atomic characters to
    > represent each of those sequences? Then people wouldn't
    > actually need to use those sequences themselves, 'cause the
    > atomic characters would do the same thing. But someone could
    > convert the atomic characters into the real variation
    > sequences for comparisons with Hebrew-cum-Hebrew, and since
    > the variation mappings are 1:1, the same VS would be used for
    > all sequences, and it could just as well be a null, virtual
    > VS, which would make it way easier to process the data. So
    > the conversion would be between the atomic
    > Phoenician-variation-of-Hebrew-sequence characters to the
    > sequences of virtual-VS + Hebrew characters. And we could
    > tell the splitters that we were encoding a distinct script
    > just to keep them happy, but we'd be the ones who really know
    > what's happening.
    > I'm sure even Youtie would go for this.
    > Peter

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