Re: outside decomposed, inside precomposed

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Wed Oct 13 2004 - 11:27:38 CST

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    On Oct 12, 2004, at 5:17 PM, Richard Cook wrote:

    > Using a certain newly "Unicode-aware" database application which shall
    > remain nameless (FileMaker 7):
    > imported UTF-8 sequences like [U+0065][U+0303] <e, tilde> get remapped
    > internally to [U+1ebd] LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH TILDE.
    > Is this kind of behavior what one would expect?

    Yes. Normalizing Unicode text on input is quite kosher, and generally
    a good idea.

    > It's problematic (and buglike) for at least one reason: one needs to
    > put all these precomposed things in one's font, or FileMaker doesn't
    > display them properly.

    Well, on Mac OS X you can't guarantee that the decomposed things will
    display properly without font support, either (which means creating the
    precomposed glyphs anyway, and adding the 'morx' table to do the
    composition). Fortunately, Apple provides some *excellent*, free tools
    to handle just such cases…

    John H. Jenkins

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