From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Jan 12 2008 - 03:38:42 CST
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] De la
> part de James Kass
> Envoyé : mercredi 9 janvier 2008 19:10
> À : Thomas Abraham; email@example.com
> Objet : Re: Regarding binary combining accents and grouping characters
> Thomas Abraham wrote,
> > 1. Is it possible to implement
> > * a generic subscript/superscript combining accent,
> > * and/or a generic division combining accent
> > in unicode?
> > 2. Does the above problem comes under the scope of Unicode?
> > So far almost all the combining accent we have seen across are
> > They combine to exactly one character on its left side or right side.
> > ...
> Can you send examples showing what you seek to encode/display?
I think he wants to reuse any existing base character to transform it into
exponents or indice or into characters combining at various positions around
another character. Such operation would be layout or style feature, and
would otherwise compromise the unification of existing diacritics.
I'm not sure we really need this as a generic feature. And anyway the
proposed solution will also break the character encoding model (think about
the line/sentence breaking properties, grapheme cluster boundaries and many
new ambiguities or new confusables that will expose to new security
We already faced the problem with interlinear annotations (which I consider
as a break in the text encoding model, and a wrong solution performed at the
But it's true that it would really help if there were new guidelines for
implementing upper level protocols, above Unicode, to ensure their
interoperability. This will be needed anyway for some scripts that won't be
completely encoded for correctly rendering legible text.
New guidelines (and possibly some joint workshops with other standard bodies
already working on upper level protocols depending on Unicode/ISO/IEC 10646
encoding for basic plain text encoding) will be needed with different
solutions for each script, to allow some of them to eventually evolve later
to some standard annex (like the BiDi algorithm) after some experience is
accumulated, when handling complex text layouts.
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