From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Aug 05 2010 - 23:14:57 CDT
Kent Karlsson <kent dot karlsson14 at telia dot com> wrote:
>>> I see absolutely no point in reencoding the digits 0-9 even though 9
>>> is (strangely) used to denote the value that is usually denoted 10.
>>> That is just a (very strange) usage, not different characters from
>>> the ordinary 0-9.
>> I suggested encoding all of them because U+0030 through U+0039 have
>> the Nd nature.
> That does not prevent anyone from using them for (ordinary)
> hexadecimal, octal, etc.
So I thought about this some more, and decided that what made the
difference for me was thatâ€”unlike the Basic Latin digitsâ€”the Tonal
digits can *only* be used for non-decimal purposes, so none of them
should be Nd.
But then I thought about the properties I assigned to the Ewellic digits
, where the first 10 (which can be either decimal or hex) are Nd and
the last 6 (which can only be hex) are No. So not all members of that
set have the same properties either.
What makes this troublesome for me is that, on the one hand, there are
the perfectly ordinary-looking 0 through 8, and on the other hand there
are the invented digits for 9 and 11 through 15, and then in the middle
there's this bizarre use of an ordinary 9-glyph to mean decimal 10.
That's what messes it up for me and makes me think the '9' isn't really
a 9, and what the heck, maybe none of the "ordinary" digits are what
they appear to be, so let's CSUR-encode all of them.
This is why the whole business of encoding something like Tonal, which I
otherwise wouldn't care about, in CSUR is interesting to me: because it
really does involve some of the same issues of properties and glyph
identity and unification that "real" encoding does. I'd like some
opinions on these "real" Unicode questions from some of the experts who
normally stay away from PUA issues, and especially from the CSUR.
-- Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | http://www.ewellic.org RFC 5645, 4645, UTN #14 | ietf-languages @ is dot gd slash 2kf0s Â  http://www.ewellic.org/alphabet/properties.html
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