Re: Unclear text in the UBA (UAX#9) of Unicode 6.3

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:59:18 -0700

On 4/21/2014 11:14 AM, Doug Ewell wrote:
> From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf at ix dot netcom dot com> wrote:
>> In general, I heartily dislike "specifications" that just narrate a
>> particular implementation...
> I agree completely. I see this with CLDR as well; there is a more or
> less implicit assumption that I will be using ICU to implement whatever
> is being described. I don't care how robust and well-tested a wheel is;
> as a developer, I should be able to use the specification to reinvent it
> if I like.
Well put. Also, by simply narrating an implementation the UTC deprives
the reader of a clear higher-level description of the concept and the
intended result. The original part of the bidi specification does a much
better job in that regard. It's time to revisit the language for the
additions and bring them up to snuff.

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