Re: Level of Unicode support required for various languages

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Tue Oct 30 2007 - 13:53:46 CST

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    On Oct 30, 2007, at 12:32 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    > This is NOT disallowed. The IDC characters are isolated symbols, and
    > the
    > standard allows using them as arbitrary characters in any sequences.
    > The
    > standard just describes one *intended* usage with ideographic
    > characters,
    > but does NOT mandate it. Otherwise, the IRG would be ALREADY abusing
    > this
    > rule, in some of its ideographic descriptions. You may argue that
    > such use
    > would not be an IDS, but it would still be still a perfectly valid
    > Unicode
    > string.

    Please read the standard before commenting on it, in this case TUS p.
    428, which notes (and allows) the use the IRG is making of IDSs.

    Meanwhile, you're right in that the Unicode police aren't going to
    burst your door down in the middle of the night if you engage in
    foolishness like this anymore than they're going to stop you from
    using a virama in Latin text. But that doesn't mean that it's a good
    idea, and it doesn't prevent it from being an abuse of the standard.
    And it doesn't keep you from sounding ignorant if you suggest it.

    John H. Jenkins

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