Re: "A Programmer's Introduction to Unicode"

From: Janusz S. Bien <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:31:28 +0100

Quote/Cytat - Richard Wordingham <>
(Sun 12 Mar 2017 09:10:22 PM CET):

> On Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:02:28 +0100
> "Janusz S. Bien" <> wrote:
>> If the basic notion has to be referred in a cumbersome way as
>> "extended grapheme cluster" then it is easier to talk about "Unicode
>> characters" despite the fact that they have a rather loose relation
>> to real-life/user-perceived characters.
> The notion that extended grapheme clusters corresponds to
> user-perceived characters is also rather dodgy.

The idea is not mine, but it appears from time to time on the list in
a more or less explicit way.

> Whereas it may work
> for French, it is getting very dubious by the time one adds Hebrew
> cantillation marks or Vedic accentuation. The Thais revolted when
> their preposed vowels were joined with the following consonant in the
> same extended grapheme cluster, and Unicode had to revoke that union.

Just yet another reason for introducing the notion of textel?

Best regards


Prof. dr hab. Janusz S. Bień -  Uniwersytet Warszawski (Katedra  
Lingwistyki Formalnej)
Prof. Janusz S. Bień - University of Warsaw (Formal Linguistics Department),,
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