RE: CLDR: Bad exemplar chars for some locales

From: Keutgen, Walter (
Date: Thu Apr 06 2006 - 06:13:27 CST

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    almost correct. See the CLDR instructions: PLEASE FOLLOW THE HYPERLINK [Exemplar Characters].

    Please pay also attention to "tought as the alphabet" i.e. one may not exclude letters not used in genuine words of a language that uses Latin script e.g. "k" to be kept in "it". Probably one can derive a similar rule for other scripts.

    Best regards

    Walter Keutgen
    International Engineering Centre
    Unisys Belgium nv-sa

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    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On Behalf Of Donald Z. Osborn
    Sent: Donnerstag, den 6. April 2006 11:58
    To: Simon Montagu
    Cc: Unicode Mailing List
    Subject: Re: CLDR: Bad exemplar chars for some locales

    What is the general rule in this kind of situation? Another case is
    languages in
    Latin transcription that can have tone marks, but generally don't use
    them, and
    others that generally do but not necessarily, etc. The case is a bit
    complicated where precomposed accented characters can be used for ASCII base
    characters but don't exist for extended characters.

    It almost seems like there ought to be an "tone and vowel mark"
    category between
    the standard set and the auxiliary set. But then again maybe (1) the standard
    set does not have to do with frequency of usage (so points in Hebrew, accents
    in Bambara etc. should be there if they are part of the transcription system)
    and (2) I should look at the good old Effing Manual to clarify my
    of "auxiliary" (which I take to mean characters "not used" in the
    language that
    might be for borrowed and transcribed foreign terms).

    Don Osborn
    PanAfrican Localisation Project

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