Re: New translation posted

From: Jukka K. Korpela (
Date: Sat Feb 03 2007 - 09:29:51 CST

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    On Sat, 3 Feb 2007, Hans Aberg wrote:

    > Aren't you lead stray by the poor renderings usually given to U+0027?

    No, the common renderings of U+0027 are correct. The glyphs are suitable
    for the two reasonable uses of U+0027:
    1) In computer languages where it belongs to the language itself, by
    definition, typically as a quotation mark.
    2) In legacy data and in new data written for a limited-repertoire
    environment where U+0027 is used as a replacement for left or right single
    quotation mark, prime, modifier letter left half ring, modifier letter
    right half ring, or some other loosely "apostrophe-like" character that
    was or is not available.

    > As it is semantically an apostrophe,

    No, U+0027 is a semantically vague, multi-purpose character with a
    (partly) misleading Unicode name.

    > it should be used when an apostrophe is called for; not U+2019

    No, the Unicode standard clearly says that U+2019 is preferred as
    punctuation apostrophe. The character U+0027 should have a neutral
    (vertical) glyph, and usually has, though in some fonts it's slighly

    Jukka "Yucca" Korpela,

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