Re: Level of Unicode support required for various languages

From: Andrew West (
Date: Wed Oct 24 2007 - 16:12:34 CDT

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    On 24/10/2007, Kenneth Whistler <> wrote:
    > A. This question isn't really about *languages*, but about writing systems
    > (or orthographies) used to write languages. As an example, take
    > standard Mandarin Chinese. If written with the Han writing system
    > (the Chinese ideographic characters), it basically requires no
    > use of combining marks. If written with the Pinyin Latin orthography,
    > there are precomposed characters for all the letters.

    Nearly all. If you remember a couple of years back Hong Kong wanted
    precomposed letters added for E/e-circumflex plus macron/caron, which
    are pinyin alternatives for ēi and ěi, but that was a non-starter, so
    even for something as simple as pinyin you would need to support
    combining characters (<00CA 0304>, <00CA 030C>, <00EA 0304> and <00EA


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