Re: Generic base characters

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2007 - 17:02:35 CDT

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    RE: Generic base charactersDotted circle does not indicate one has made an errro, but it indicates that this is a Unicode bug due to design errors.

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    Also Tamil Grammar specifically states that if longer than long vowels are needed then add/accumulate more of the required vowel characters.

    there for Unicode has a bug, by not allowing Grammar to take charge.

    Unicode acts against Tamil grammar, ie, pronounces the Grammar is wrong and Unicode method is correct. But the reality is that Unicode has a bug.

    Unicode unnecessarily creates problems for Indic writing.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Michael Maxwell
      To: Kent Karlsson ; Asmus Freytag
      Cc: Unicode List
      Sent: 16 July 2007 21:01
      Subject: RE: Generic base characters

      Kent Karlsson wrote:
    > That would be better than inserting spurious dotted circles.

      I'm wondering if we aren't confirming the (Sapir-)Whorf hypothesis here. Or to put it more simply, the disagreement has arisen from an ambiguous usage of the word "insert". AFAIK, these dotted circles are *displayed*, but they are not *inserted into the text* (that is, they are not there in the underlying text store). Are you really saying that you do not want dotted circles to be *displayed*? Because when we are entering Indic script text (for example), I have found it very helpful to have something obvious appear on the screen that indicates I made a mistake at the level of the script. (Well, it would be even more obvious if the circles were red :-).)

      Errors at the level of spelling seem obviously different, and nowhere as easy to detect. But maybe what you're saying is that entering (say) a Bengali vowel sign without preceding it by a Bengali consonant is not really different from a spelling error, so that stranded vowel-sign is something that should be caught by a spell checker, not by the script rendering engine.

        Mike Maxwell
        CASL/ U MD

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