Re: Incorrect names for Arabic letters

From: Mark Davis (mark.davis@jtcsv.com)
Date: Sat Mar 19 2005 - 14:03:01 CST

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    >Sorting of character data generally
    > should not be done simply by comparing code point values.

    Make that always. I don't know of a single language that uses absolute code
    point order.

    ‚ÄéMark

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Doug Ewell" <dewell@adelphia.net>
    To: "Unicode Mailing List" <unicode@unicode.org>
    Cc: "Ahmad Gharbeia" <gharbeia@gmail.com>
    Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2005 10:04
    Subject: Re: Incorrect names for Arabic letters

    > Ahmad Gharbeia <gharbeia at gmail dot com> wrote:
    >
    > > The current Unicode standard has incorrect names for fourteen of the
    > > basic Arabic script's twenty eight letters. With basic I refer to the
    > > Arabic alphabet excluding the extended set of letters modified for
    > > writing languages other than Arabic.
    > > ...
    > > Finally, the order of Arabic letters as defined in the current version
    > > of Unicode, known as the Hegaa'i order, is a relatively newer order
    > > where letters are sorted according to their shape proximity, and is
    > > not the original Abgadi order, which matches the (ABC) ordering of all
    > > alphabets derived from the original Ugaritic alphabet. Although it is
    > > unlikely that this heritage of earlier encodings can be modified now,
    > > this should be noted, however.
    >
    > For stability reasons, the names and code positions of characters in the
    > Unicode Standard cannot be changed.
    >
    > It is possible to add annotations to the entries for various characters
    > to indicate alternative spellings.
    >
    > The relative order of characters within a script often differs depending
    > on the language using that script. Sorting of character data generally
    > should not be done simply by comparing code point values.
    >
    > Hope this helps,
    >
    > -Doug Ewell
    > Fullerton, California
    > http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
    >
    >
    >
    >



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