Re: definition of plain text

From: Peter Cyrus <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:29:25 +0200

Your idea of propagation seems worth exploring - thanks!

On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 1:07 AM, Richard Wordingham
<> wrote:
> On Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:37:20 +0200
> Peter Cyrus <> wrote:
>> Perhaps, awkwardly.  But that is ultimately equivalent to marking the
>> gait on every letter, in which case I probably wouldn't need to
>> distinguish between initial and non-initial letters.
> If you allow C(R)V(C) as a 'fixed' syllable structure, the
> location of the syllable boundary in words like /tatrat/ would be
> significant, as in Thai.  /tata/ would also be awkward if you had null
> initials, as, again, some claim for Thai.  (There are languages that
> need to be analysed as having a phonemic contrast between null initials
> and initial glottal stops, even if German isn't one of them.)
> You might be able to handle syllable breaks just by having an
> optional syllable break character, analogous to CGJ and ZWSP.
> Marking gait on every letter may not be necessary, but gait-selecting
> characters present issues.  They're analogous to the deprecated numeric
> shape selectors U+206E and U+206F, whose use is strongly discouraged.
> These characters need explicit support in rendering engines, which is
> an argument against gait-selecting characters.  You might be able to
> propagate gait by contextual substitution, *if* you could propagate it
> through automatic line breaks.
> Richard.
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