RE: combining: half, double, triple et cetera ad infinitum

From: Erkki I Kolehmainen <>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:43:15 +0200

I cannot even imagine where you get your weird ideas.


Unicode is a non-profit organization with a diverse membership; I’m proud to be one of the individual members.

The Unicode standard is aligned and developed in synch with ISO/IEC 10646 (essentially as a joint effort);

10606 is being produced by the national standards organizations.

Character encoding proposals directed to either organization will be handled by both.



Erkki I. Kolehmainen

Lähettäjä: [] Puolesta Naena Guru
Lähetetty: 14. marraskuuta 2011 17:31
Vastaanottaja: QSJN 4 UKR
Kopio: UnicoDe List; Dr. Kusum Perera
Aihe: Re: combining: half, double, triple et cetera ad infinitum


Unicode was created for a commercial reason, particularly for the benefit of its directors. The idea of Plain Text is not anything practical but was used as a means of attracting supporters, who for the most part hadn't had any experience with computers.

The following line is Unicode text:
මේ අකුරු ලියා ඇත්තේ යුනිකෝඩ් අකුරෙනි.

I bet most of you see it as a row of Character-not-found glyph. Some would see it in the non-Latin script, but yet separated into meaningless components that go to make letters.

So, the headache you are talking about within Latin becomes a tumor that makes you insane when outside the SBCS.

On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM, QSJN 4 UKR <> wrote:

Why did the Unicode Consortium think that combination of one base
character and few combining is possible, and combination of few base
characters with one combining character is not?
E.g. U+0483 "tilda" has to cover a number. Whole number! Not one
figure!! What for have we it, if we can't use it right way?
Half combining marks are about decision... And what if we deal not
with simple horizontal line? what if we need the same "tilda" above
number or "titlo" above abbreviation? Text with numbers and
abbreviations is not a plane text?
Idea (bad as I think, but there is many other stupid things in
Unicode): add some new combining characters of new ccc = word-above,
word-below, word-over (ZWS works as word separator if needed).

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