Re: Arabic encoding model (alas, static!)

Date: Wed Jul 06 2005 - 23:26:58 CDT

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    From: "Richard Wordingham" <>

    > An explanation of why the scheme wouldn't work is, I'm sure, what
    > Ashraf is looking for.

    Indeed. It would be very instructive.

    > If rendering presented insuperable
    > practical issues, rather than theoretical issues, that would be an
    > adequate reason for abandoning the idea.

    Just as it is practically impossible to display an infinite number of
    combining diacritics on Latin letters?

    > The scheme is being put
    > forward not for theoretical tidiness, but as a way of having large
    > numbers of characters immediately available.


    > The Latin alphabet precedent is not promising - diacritics combine
    > badly in many fonts. There is a technical note on how to display
    > them (, but it didn't seem to me
    > that it could be implemented in OpenType other than possibly by
    > massive tables.

    There is a relative mark to mark positioning feature.

    Ashraf Sadek

    St Elias Coptic Community

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