Re: Encoding Stability: are exceptions possible?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Wed Apr 02 2008 - 08:45:18 CST

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    At 18:19 +0400 2008-04-02, wrote:
    >31.03.08, 18:54, "Doug Ewell" <>:
    >> My first question still remains: why does the code point matter?
    >We already use unicode fonts (mainly on the web). Shifting to a new
    >code for PE WITH DESCENDER will cause troubles with searching.
    >But since it is possible to change the glyph for 04A6/7, it is not a
    >problem any more.
    >Untill recently I didn't know that such a glyph change was possible,
    >because Unicode already has middle hooks (??, ??...) and descenders
    >(??, ??...) encoded separately.

    They are encoded separately because they are different glyph elements
    in Cyrillic. If it really is the case that a new letter is being used
    in Abkhaz, then a new letter should be encoded.

    We lack authoritative information about the change from one
    orthography to another.

    Michael Everson *

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