Re: missing characters: combining marks above runs of more than 2 base letters

From: Ken Whistler <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:03:46 -0800

On 11/17/2011 11:28 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> Could the Unicode text specify that a left half mark, when it is
> followed by a right half-mark on the same line, has to be joined ? And
> which character can we select in a font to mark the intermediate
> characters between them ?


This kind of stuff is not plain text. Mathematicians and musical scorere
long ago got over
the notion that marking of scoped constructs (with beams and ties in music,
and similar kinds of scoping for expressions in math) could be plain text.

People who "score" text, whether metricians, prosodic analysts, or
phoneticians, need to learn the same lesson. Unicode is not a repository
for text scoring hacks, with the expectation that all of the rendering
will quietly incorporate this kind of complexity into their already complex
requirements for plain text rendering of writing systems.

People who need to score text will have to make use of specialized
rendering software and defined markup constructions, just like the
mathematicians and musicians do.

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