From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Nov 16 2008 - 11:18:41 CST
<abysta at yandex dot ru> wrote:
>> Why people still want to encode precomposed letters
> Because a precomposed letter is a single character,not a sequence of
> two characters.
"Letters" in the orthography of a language do not necessary correspond
1-to-1 with "characters" in the Unicode Standard, or most other
character encoding standards. Multi-character "letters" are a
language-specific concept, and encoding them as a single entity doesn't
fit well with the idea of an encoding standard intended for multiple
languages, nor with convertibility to other encoding standards.
Please see http://www.unicode.org/faq/ligature_digraph.html#5 .
Here it is easy to provide a pointer to a good (and official)
explanation, instead of simply blowing off the concern with "that's the
way it is."
-- Doug Ewell * Thornton, Colorado, USA * RFC 4645 * UTN #14 http://www.ewellic.org http://www1.ietf.org/html.charters/ltru-charter.html http://www.alvestrand.no/mailman/listinfo/ietf-languages ˆ
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