Nonspacing marks and the no-break space

From: Andreas Prilop (
Date: Wed Apr 28 2010 - 09:49:26 CDT

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    Sections 2.11 and 7.9 of the Unicode Standard state that
    nonspacing combining marks shall be combined with the
    no-break space U+00A0 in order to show them in isolation.

    Internet Explorer 7 did so for HTML documents.

    It seems to me that Internet Explorer 8 does not combine
    the no-break space with at least Arabic nonspacing marks.
    The following two lines should have the same length:


    If I'm not mistaken you can check this with a webbrowser at

    Can you confirm this behaviour and perhaps give an explanation?

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