From: Asmus Freytag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Nov 04 2008 - 11:11:28 CST
On 11/3/2008 11:54 PM, Kent Karlsson wrote:
> While Unicode does not make this explicit, there is an expectation that
> "truly" paired symmetric-ish punctuation (parentheses, brackets, similar,
> but NOT quote marks) need to be mirrored by using the opposite character
> in the pair. Otherwise italics will look funny.
That's not what the standard says. The text in section 6 Mirroring of
Implementing rule L4 <#L4> calls for mirrored glyphs. These glyphs may
not be exact /graphical/ mirror images. For example, clearly an italic
parenthesis is not an exact mirror image of another— “/(/” is not the
mirror image of “/)/”. Instead, mirror glyphs are those acceptable as
mirrors within the normal parameters of the font in which they are
The formulation is a bit unfortunate. Instead of stating:
Instead, mirror glyphs are those acceptable as mirrors within the normal
parameters of the font in which they are represented.
what should have been stated is something like this:
Instead, mirror glyphs are the proper shape of the character when
rendered for the opposite text direction, given the design of the font
in which they are represented.
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