Re: Arabic letters separated by markup

From: Gregg Reynolds (
Date: Wed Jun 15 2005 - 14:56:39 CDT

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    Tim Greenwood wrote:
    > On 6/15/05, Gregg Reynolds <> wrote:
    >>The point being that we always have these two things - text and its
    >>representation - and we don't have (or use, at least) precise
    >>terminology for talking about them. It's misleading and confusing to
    >>say that multicolored text is not plaintext when in fact we have no way
    >>of inferring the form of the original coded message based solely on its
    > I love these semantic discussions and your argument has merit. However
    > for this list the salient point is that the Unicode standard says (and
    > should say) as much about how any application colors any part of text
    > as the ASCII standard says how emacs should color the keywords in C
    > program listing.
    Thanks and agreed. IMO the standard should remain completely silent on
    issues of rendering and style. After all the receiver of a plain text
    message is free to render it with any style he pleases, including smoke
    signals or hand-waving.


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