Re: Plain text (from Re: Avoidance variants)

From: Asmus Freytag (t) <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:25:42 -0700

On 3/27/2015 6:00 AM, William_J_G Overington wrote:
> So, if that were implemented, then to typeset, say, the word astrolabe
> within a plain text file, in italics, one would need to use nine
> instances of the COMBINING ITALICIZER, one instance after each letter
> of the word astrolabe.
> That would be fine and the characters discussed would be, in my
> opinion, two useful additions to Unicode.

Just because you seem not to get this, those would not only be useless,
they would lead to dual encoding a problem that needs to be avoided, not
added to.

With the Math Alphanumerics, Unicode decided not to use the combining
mark approach, but to encode individual characters in their italic/bold
shapes, for use when isolated letters need to have that appearance as
part of technical notations.

In adoption that solution, nearly fifteen years ago, Unicode effectively
set a precedent against the kind of character you re proposing.

As you apparently find it difficult to understand this, let me spell it
out for you: any proposal for adding these kind of characters is dead
on arrival.

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