Re: CLDR: Bad exemplar chars for some locales

From: Peter Edberg (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2006 - 15:42:59 CST

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    On Apr 6, 2006, at 9:58 AM PDT, Peter Edberg wrote:
    > All of this hinges on the definition of what the exemplar set is
    > supposed to cover.

    On Apr 6, 2006, at 2:04 PM PDT, Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
    > Indeed. And this in turn should depend on the intended _use_ of  
    > this definition. How will the "exemplar character sets" be used in  
    > text processing and other applications?
    The usage that prompted my posting is: To synthesize, from the set of  
    characters that can be "easily" typed with a given keyboard layout,  
    the list of languages that can by typed with that keyboard layout (or  
    at least to determine how well this works). If the layout can input  
    the characters in the standard exemplar set for a language, it is  
    presumed to be serviceable as a way to input that language (not  
    necessarily a convenient way to enter the language).
    I was surprised that many keyboard layouts specifically intended for  
    entering a particular language could not generate some of the  
    characters in the standard exemplar set for the language, which  
    prompted me to look more closely at the exemplar sets. In some cases  
    it is because the keyboard layout is based on an older, pre-Unicode  
    repertoire; in other cases the problem seems to be the exemplar set.
    -Peter E

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