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Re: wide vs. complex characters

From: Neil Zanella
Subject: Re: wide vs. complex characters
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2000 18:40:11 -0230 (NDT)

On Sun, 15 Oct 2000, Robert Brady wrote:

> On Sun, 15 Oct 2000, Neil Zanella wrote:
> > But when Unicode is used there is no need for overstriking characters.
> Er, no.  A proper Unicode implemention needs combining characters. Whilst
> you can get away with using precomposed characters for some European
> languages, there are a lot of languages that need combining characters.
> Think "Thai, Lao, Arabic, Hebrew, Maths, Phonetics", etc.

You must be right. I was wondering how a 16-bit code with 2^16 =
65536 would be enough to accomodate all those symbols. By the way,
I tried browsing the Unicode symbols on Solaris 5.7 but I did
not see any characters displayed on my screen other than the
ASCII ones. Do you know of a way to browse Unicode symbols on
some platform? Has unicode been fully implemented anywhere yet?


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