From: John H. Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Dec 26 2006 - 18:27:48 CST
On Dec 26, 2006, at 3:32 PM, Cristian Secară wrote:
> I know that this is the official Unicode policy, only that I am
> wondering what was the reason for inclusion of several combining Latin
> characters in the 1E00 range, of which, in theory, most of them can be
> obtained via combining diacritical marks.
They are there largely to provide round-trip compatibility with pre-
existing standards or to make support possible for specific languages
when only primitive Unicode support was available.
This was done some fifteen years ago. Now, all the major Unicode-
supporting platforms do the right thing and this kind of hack is no
longer needed. Moreover, adding precomposed accented forms to the
standard at this point would create dangerous instabilities for
processes such as normalizing and will not be done. There are no
longer any technical needs to do it and strong technical objections to
it being done.
John H. Jenkins
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