From: Khaled Hosny (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Nov 10 2010 - 12:03:11 CST
On Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 06:11:08PM +0100, Karl Pentzlin wrote:
> >From the Pre-Preliminary minutes of UTC #125 (L2/10-416):
> > C.4 Preliminary Proposal to enable the use of Combining Triple
> > Diacritics in Plain Text (WG2 N3915) [Pentzlin, L2/10-353]
> - see http://std.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n3915.pdf
> > [125-A13] ... UTC does not believe that either solution A or solution B
> > represents an appropriate encoding solution for the text
> > representation problem shown in this document. Appropriate
> > technology involving markup should be applied to the problem of
> > representation of text at this level.
> This will not happen.
> Linguists will continue to use their PUA code points (or even their
> 8-bit fonts), which employ these characters perfectly (albeit using
> precomposed glyphs for the used combinations).
Advanced typesetting engines like TeX (which were invented 30 years ago,
mind you) already support wide accents that span multiple characters:
Even math formulas in new MS Office versions can do that (well it is
math because, apparently, only mathematicians cared about that, but I
don't see why it should not work for linguists too).
-- Khaled Hosny Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team Free font developer
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