Re: Mende Kikakui Number 10

From: Marcel Schneider <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:12:57 +0200 (CEST)

On Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:25:39 +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> Exactly, Unicode should not create its own logic about scripts or numeral systems.
> All looks like the encoding of 10 as a pair (ONE+combining TENS) was a severe
> conceptual error that could have been avoided by NOT encoding "TENS" as combining
> but as a regular number/digit TEN usable isolately, and forming a contectual
> ligature with a previous digit from TWO to NINE.
> The encoding of 10 as (ONE+TENS) is superfluously needing an artificial leading
> ONE. This is purely an Unicode construction, foreign to the logic of the numeral
> system.

Seeing the discussion exhausted, I join my hope to Philippe Verdyʼs,
and reinforce by quoting Asmus Freytag on backcompat vs enhancement,
before bringing another concern:

«If you add a feature to match behavior somewhere else,
it rarely pays to make that perform "better", because
it just means it's now different and no longer matches.
The exception is a feature for which you can establish
unambiguously that there is a metric of correctness or
a widely (universally?) shared expectation by users
as to the ideal behavior. In that case, being compatible
with a broken feature (or a random implementation of one)
may in fact be counter productive.»

Being bound with stability guarantees, Unicode could eventually add a _new_


Best wishes,

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