From: Donald Z. Osborn (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jun 01 2006 - 19:15:00 CDT
Is there a good current summary of the current usage of Vietnamese in Unicode
(and related issues such as whether and to what extent the old VIQR
Quoted-Readable] is still used)?
Is there any discussion of the old topic of precomposed characters for the
various diacritical combinations used in writing Vietnamese. I ask as there is
still interest in this issue among some experts working with African languages
and ICT. Not wanting to open a debate on this, I just wondered what people are
(or are not) discussing.
PanAfrican Localisation Project
Quoting Mike Ayers <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Cristian Secară wrote:
>> This (missing glyphs) is only a part of the problem. What I have said
>> remains true from the user perspective: extended characters are more
>> difficult to access from a phone keyboard, so very few people are
>> willing to extend their typing time. This is particularily true if the
>> user has to browse across a whole bunch of accented characters just to
>> reach the one he needs. The Romanian language with stripped accents
>> above / below characters is still well readable (or "understandable"),
>> so users will take the shortcut without remorse.
> Which is, I believe, the heart of the issue. Users of languages
> that do not have a good keyboard/thumbboard arrangement tend to use
> "ASCII hacks" out of necessity and habit. Given a good input method
> and a little time, they would almost certainly switch, but the good
> methods tend not to be available. A good example is the Vietnamese
> community, which was very early and aggressive in adapting their
> language for computer use, but which still relies heavily on VIQR for
> electronic communication. What is extra baffling here is that VIQR
> would make a great IME for proper representation, yet I have never
> seen it implemented as such. Hopefully, human factors will see an
> elevated focus in electronic communication in the years ahead.
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