RE: New Public Review Issue:

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2007 - 18:07:40 CDT

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    It's true that if you change the circled or squared hiragana/katakana
    abbreviation symbols to their relevant scripts, the question remains for
    circled or squared han abbreviation symbols that may be used in Chinese as
    well as in Japanese (that already uses letters in the Han script so this
    would not be a problem to change them to the Han script).

    Then it just remains the case of squared Latin abbreviations: they are
    typically not used in other contexts than within ideographic texts (in
    Chinese or Japanese, most likely for the vertical presentation), but may be
    eventually seen sometimes on some terminals, but I doubt this ever occurs,
    given that they represent SI units or subunits, for which there's an
    international standard using the normal Latin letters, without the squared
    presentation). If they are used in printed text, it looks more like a
    typographical presentation feature (i.e. kerning) created from a rich text
    format, and they won't necessarily be squared the way they are within
    vertical ideographic texts.

    So Latin script users, I think they don't care if the property of squared
    latin abbreviations is changed, as they don't use them and don't need them
    for a vertical presentation that is never used within plain text but only
    within some rich text layouts (like short table headers in a spreadsheet)
    and in this case, the Latin letters won't behave like Han, Hangul and Kana

    > -----Message d'origine-----
    > De : [] De la
    > part de Rick McGowan
    > Envoyé : mercredi 4 juillet 2007 00:01
    > À :
    > Objet : New Public Review Issue:
    > The Unicode Technical Committee has posted a new issue for public review
    > and comment. Details are on the following web page:
    > Review period for the new item closes on July 30, 2007.
    > Please see the page for links to discussion and relevant documents.
    > Briefly, the new issue is:
    > 107 Property Values for some characters in U+3200..U+33FF
    > UTC is seeking public feedback on whether to change the value of the
    > Script property for various characters in the block U+3200..U+33FF.
    > Details
    > are in the accompanying background document.
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    > Regards,
    > Rick McGowan
    > Unicode, Inc.

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