From: Gerrit Sangel (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008 - 13:32:28 CST
I am wondering if it is possible to write Bopomofo with tone marks on top
(like in Pinyin)? I know, they are usually written after the syllable in
horizontal writing, but I saw an example of a diacritic nonetheless and it is
is a bit more convenient.
In the Unicode book, it says only to use the Mandarin tone marks. The problem
with them is that they are spacing characters, so e.g. I would write
This now has three issues:
1. If I don’t define a Chinese font, the tone mark is used from a latin font
and doesn’t really look Chinese.
2. This is too wide. Because the characters are by nature a bit wider than
latin letters, the same syllable is wider than in Pinyin. Added to that, if I
write the tone mark after the syllable, it get’s even longer. This is
especially bad for vocabulary lists or something like this, where I don’t
want to have such a wide cell for the reading. Putting the tone mark on top,
would at least save one character.
3. What do I do with vertical writing if I encode the characters like that? If
doing so, the tone mark will not get at the right of the syllable, but under
it. Does the application have to see that it is a Zhuyin syllable, check if
it is written correctly and then display it correctly (which would mean, that
it would need extra support for Zhuyin. I somehow guess that no application
will support that)?
I also used the combining diacritical marks for the spacing characters and put
them on top of the bopomofo characters, but the results were a bit...
unsatisfactory. But maybe this is the correct way and the fonts with which I
tested it just didn’t support it?
Can somebody help me with this?
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