Re: Why people still want to encode precomposed letters

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Sun Nov 16 2008 - 02:17:11 CST

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    If there's a need for an explanation as to the "why", here's a generic one:

    "Unicode is changing. Many of the policies exist to allow current
    software to be forwardly compatible - in other words, to survive after
    newer software has been written writing date base on an updated version
    of Unicode. Other policies exist to help with the reverse.

    The effects of any of these policies may appear arbitrary if viewed from
    the perspective of a single point in time and a particular application
    of the standard. They may even seem to make some things more difficult
    to achieve. Overall, though, their effect is to simplify the interaction
    among cooperating software items that were written at different times,
    with different Unicode versions in mind. That makes them indispensable."

    I think some high-level discussion like that might be better than merely
    stating "this is how it is".


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