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

From: Ken Whistler <>
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:58:55 -0800

On 11/18/2011 5:36 PM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> I have absolutely no clear way to represent sequences like in this
> example that use such elongated diacritic applied to runs of more than
> two characters.

Nor should you expect to be able to represent such things in plain text.
conventions are not appropriate to plain text. As usual, your regular

1. represent the content with structured markup, or

2. represent the presentation with pdf (or similar)

Expecting out-of-the box rendering engines to link the two automatically is
unreasonable, IMO.

> Of course I can still use two half marks in the
> plain-text (only on the first and last letter), but what does happen
> if I cannot (and in fact don't) mark their joining above intermediate
> letters ?

You'll get *both* bad representation of the content and bad presentation
of the appearance. Such a deal!

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