Re: Questions about diacritics

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Tue Sep 14 2004 - 20:46:42 CDT

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    Philippe Verdy wrote:

    > Good point, but is the ZWNJ control supposed to be used as a base
    > character with a defined height? I thought it was just a control for
    > indicating where ligatures are preferably to avoid when rendering,
    > leaving it fully ignorable if the renderer has no other option than
    > rendering the ligature. For this application, the following character
    > was a base character.
    > Other uses of ZWNJ before diacritics are in Indic scripts, or in the
    > Hebrew proposals (in Public Review for Meteg), to control the meaning
    > of the following character.
    > So I do think that the LateX2e "compound word mark" should map to
    > <ZWNJ,INVISIBLE LETTER> rather than just ZWNJ...
    > The "(-)burg" abbreviation as "(-)b˘g" (with a non-spacing but
    > non-combining breve) should then be encoded with the invisible letter,
    > in combination with ZWNJ to make it non-spacing.)

    Since INVISIBLE LETTER is spacing, wouldn't it make more sense to define
    a ZERO WIDTH INVISIBLE LETTER than to have some weird meaning to ZWNJ
    that makes it unspace a space? ZWIL seems like a pretty useful thing,
    to me (if we agree that IL is useful in the first place).


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