From: Peter Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 24 2004 - 06:36:04 CST
I understand that the proposed INVISIBLE CHARACTER was rejected at the
recent UTC meeting. I presume that the intention is that NBSP should be
There are cases of words which start with spacing combining marks, for
which there are no separate Unicode characters. For example, there are
some unusual biblical Hebrew word forms (Ketiv consonants with Qere
vowels, the forms printed in Hebrew Bibles) which start with spacing
combining marks. For some examples (in fact this is intended to be an
exhaustive list of such words), see
"blended forms" column of rows with the note "point before word".
This UTC decision leaves is in a situation in which such words need to
be represented in Unicode with NBSP and combining marks at the start of
a word. Does this lead to problems with HTML, XML etc? Are there cases
in which this word initial NBSP will be combined with a preceding word
space, and so the intended word spacing and break opportunity (before
the NBSP) may be lost?
In the Hebrew case, it is probably necessary to precede the NBSP with
RLM to ensure that the NBSP and combining mark are taken with the rest
of the word as right-to-left. Does this inserted RLM affect the
situation with HTML, XML etc?
-- Peter Kirk email@example.com (personal) firstname.lastname@example.org (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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