Re: Another take on the English Apostrophe in Unicode

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:12:59 -0700

Marcel Schneider <charupdate at orange dot fr> wrote:

> A free tool, the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, allows every user
> to add U+02BC on his preferred keyboard layout

I use John Cowan's Moby Latin keyboard, built with MSKLC, which is 100%
compatible with the AltGr-less US keyboard and supports almost 900 other
characters, including all of the apostrophes and quotes and dashes and
other characters under discussion:

I spent years designing and updating my own keyboard layout and studying
other layouts. I've ended this quest since I started using Moby Latin;
it's the best I've seen in numerous ways.


> ISO stands for stability

We wish. Several of us on this list have worked on standards and
standard-like activities that correct for, and defend against,
instability in ISO standards.

> Microsoft’s choice of mashing up apostrophe and close-quote to end up
> with an unprocessable hybrid was wrong. Very wrong.

Windows-1252 and the other Windows code pages were developed during the
1980s, before Unicode, when almost all non-Asian character sets were
limited to 256 code points. The distinctions between apostrophe and
right-single-quote, weighed against the confusion caused by encoding two
identical-looking characters, would never have been sufficient back then
to justify separate encoding in this limited space.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO 🇺🇸
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