Re: What is the principle?

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Wed Mar 31 2004 - 18:36:09 EST

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    On 31/03/2004 13:30, Kenneth Whistler wrote:

    > ...
    >I think you're spitting into the wind if you think you can
    >force, through the character standardization process, the
    >major platform vendors to support the kind of PUA functionality
    >you are after, when they could do so *today* via much more
    >extensible and architecturally sensible means given the
    >existing PUA characters, but have not yet chosen to do so.
    Ken, I take many of your points. But in this last paragraph you are
    comparing two very different things.

    If Ernest's proposal were accepted, major platform vendors could
    (although that does not necessarily imply that they would) implement it
    rather simply by updating the tables of character properties within
    their systems. Indeed I would expect such tables to be updated more or
    less automatically by some process of importing and compiling the
    Unicode character database (including the "default" properties for the PUA).

    That is a far easier task than the one which they "have not yet chosen
    to do", to support tables of character properties within PUA fonts,
    because this latter requires significant software development effort and
    may not fit well within existing system architecture.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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