Deleting Lone Surrogates

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2015 14:02:01 +0100

In the absence of a specific tailoring, is the combination of a lone
surrogate and a combining mark a user-perceived character? Does a lone
surrogate constitute a user-perceived character?

The problem I have is that because of an application-specific bug,
when I attempt to enter the sequence <U+1148F TIRHUTA LETTER KA,
U+114BA TIRHUTA SIGN CANDRABINDU>, I appear to be gettig the UTF-16 code
unit sequence <D805 DC8F D805 D805 DCBA>, which is being interpreted as
the codepoint sequence <U+1148F, U+D805, U+114BA>.

(The problem seems to arise because I use a sequence of two key strokes
to enter candrabindu, and the application or input mechanism has to undo
the entry of a supplementary character entered in response to the first
keystroke. I've reported the problem as Bug 94753.)

Because the lone surrogate is interpreted as the start of a
user-perceived character, I can move the cursor to between U+1148F and
U+D805. Then pressing the 'delete' key (as opposed to the 'rubout'
key) will delete the U+D805. However, if the lone surrogate plus
combining mark is a user-perceived character, then all I will be left
with is <U+1148F>. At present the offending application is treating
Tirhuta combining marks as user-perceived characters, but I suspect the
application has simply not caught up with Unicode Version 7 yet.

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