From: Peter R. Mueller-Roemer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Dec 13 2004 - 08:57:42 CST
>> If I send the html-message e.g. to the IVRIT-group, who's members
>> work on all kinds of systems, I do not want them to have problems
>> reading and printing my mail. Any remedy on the horizon?
> Use plain text e-mail, or HTML e-mail generated by your mail client
> (including Mozilla, Outlook or Outlook Express). Don't try to paste in
> HTML from Word.
> But there is still no guarantee of success, sadly. There are people
> who resolutely refuse to update their mail systems, and a smaller
> number who are unable to do so.
I have the problem of many recipients of my e-mail: In the University's
Computer Science Department they are very good to have the latest
Linux-sofware running. The unicode or UTF-8 encoded mail arrives but
the composed characters are displayed by Mozilla as a sequence of marks
after the base-character. Even ooffice113.exe on XP generated files,
carried to the Linux-system, and displayed by ooffice is not
displaying the same combinations as under XP, printing is much worse.
I have to find rpm-packages of unicode fonts an the administrators
promise to install them. But none of them are as complete as Arial
Unicode MS most have not yet the combining diacritiacals.
>> I would like to support you on NBSP, request a RtL-space and add some
>> corrections to the 1st & 2nd Hebrew-block (vowel-points do not
>> combine with Hebrew-accents under the basic consonants and 2nd-block
>> complex characters do not combine with accents or vowels!).
>> The complex Elaine's Samaritan symbols should also be combinable out
>> of simple base-character and 2 diacritics.
>> I like the idea of combining our efforts.
> Agreed. But we need to be sure that problems are with the standard,
> and not only with certain implementations of it.
Did you make a formal proposal for NBSP, as Elaine did for Samaritan ?
I have studied unicode's uniqueness-rules, bidi-algorithm and many
others and feel almost overwhelmed by finding new types of rules that
might have a bearing on a particular combining sequence. Is there
no UTC-place or person to whom one can just describe a practical
problem and hear if there are any rules that will ensure better
solutions in the future.
Some of the answers I got to my questions show that very knowledgeable
people are in this group, and some of them have similar problems with
getting any 'official' response.
I think that Unicode is only crowning, i.e. has not yet been completely
born, if official communication with the UTC is restricted to
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