Re: Questions about diacritics

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Sep 15 2004 - 04:36:28 CDT

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    On 15/09/2004 05:48, Doug Ewell wrote:

    >Peter Kirk <peterkirk at qaya dot org> wrote:
    >>I hope that anyone who is reviewing the INVISIBLE LETTER proposal is
    >>aware that this kind of usage with ZWNJ (in fact I think you probably
    >>mean ZWJ) is not at all part of the proposal, but is nothing more than
    >>a speculative extenstion of it dreamed up by Philippe. And it is one
    >>which has many potential problems.
    >However, it may be indicative of the sort of confusion that INVISIBLE
    >LETTER may cause.
    >That is to say, the benefits of creating a separate character to
    >disunify the diacritic-carrying function from SPACE are certainly real,
    >but so is the likelihood that people will confuse its functionality with
    >that of ZWSP and ZWJ and ZWNJ and ZWNBSP, and invent bizarre
    >combinations thereof.
    Most technological advances bring with them the possibility of misuse,
    but that is a poor argument to reject the advances. In this case, if
    there is a danger of confusion, the correct way to handle the issue is
    to explain the correct functions clearly in the text of the standard,
    with a summary in the glyph table. The Unicode consortium cannot be
    responsible for people breaking its clearly stated rules and so
    confusing themselves.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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