Re: Saudi-Arabian Copyright sign

From: Gerd Schumacher (
Date: Wed Sep 22 2004 - 18:31:24 CDT

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    Michael Everson wrote:

    > At 12:13 -0700 2004-09-22, James Kass wrote:
    > >What use is a combining enclosing circle which doesn't combine and
    > enclose?
    > The character is an interchangeable data unit. It combines and
    > encloses (nicely at least) only if a font designer has drawn a
    > precomposed glyph for it and its enclosed. And there are a lot of
    > things that could be enclosed.

    For example the invisible letter, you proposed ;-)

    I think, it would make sense to have a tiny database of composable
    characters, which are actually used, namely in orthography, and in
    dictionaries like the Yorouba letters with dot below, the - 35, if I
    remember well - unencoded Lithuanian composites, the underline below vowels,
    marking long stressed syllables in German dictionaries, etc.

    Not every international font needs to comprise any combination which is
    possible. Such a database would be a very valuable guideline for font
    designers. Can't it be provided by Unicode, of course, not a as part of the

    Best wishes


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