Re: No Invisible Character - NBSP at the start of a word

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Nov 26 2004 - 15:27:56 CST

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    Jony Rosenne <rosennej at qsm dot co dot il> wrote:

    > Normal printed text is hardly ever plain text. It contains headings,
    > highlighted phrases, paragraphs etc.

    Headings and highlighted text, when stripped of their formatting, are
    still legible, and paragraph boundaries can usually be indicated in
    plain text.

    One useful litmus (or lackmus) test for this Hebrew example would be
    whether the text in question is still legible, with its original
    meaning, when reduced to plain text representable in today's Unicode.
    If the special Ketiv/Qere handling is needed only because It Is The
    Word, and This Is How It Was Written, then this is probably a
    paleographic distinction and out of scope for plain text. If it
    genuinely changes the spelling, that is another matter.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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