From: Kenneth Whistler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Nov 29 2004 - 18:16:50 CST
John Hudson responded to Jony Rosenne:
> The idea that the position of such text on a page -- as a marginal
> note -- somehow demotes
> it from being text, is particularly nonsensical.
I think you two (Jony and John) are talking at cross-purposes
on this particular point.
The *content* of marginal note can be represented as plain text.
It is the fact of its being a marginal note, its
positioning in the margin in textual layout, and its reference
anchoring to the rest of the text it constitutes a marginal
annotation for that do *not* consist of plain text, and for
which we should not expect a plain text representation.
Peter Kirk summed up the main point of the thread:
> 2) Allowing floating vowel points (and sometimes accents) with a blank
> base character. This usually, but not always, happens at the beginning
> of a word. The mechanism for doing this seems to have been clarified by
> the UTC: use NBSP as the base character.
> So can't we leave it that these mechanisms can be used for
> representation of these forms by those who wish to represent them in
> plain text, whereas those who want to use other mechanisms are free to
> do so?
I agree. That is precisely the intent.
And Asmus clarified whatever linebreaking issues there may be.
Those should be dealt with in the context of the revision of
UAX #14 for Unicode 4.1, which takes into account the changed
recommendations regarding NBSP versus SPACE as base for
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