UTC Agenda Item: IDNA proposal

Harald Alvestrand harald at alvestrand.no
Fri Nov 24 15:09:29 CET 2006

--On 24. november 2006 14:18 +0100 "Marcos Sanz/Denic" <sanz at denic.de> 

>> >> - Do not accept IPA extensions for latin
>> >
>> > Um. Patrik? Some of those are used in African orthographies.
>> > We CANNOT ban things based simply on what UCS Table the appear
>> > in. Is that what you have done?
>> >
>> > (I have not been able to follow all of the discussions.)
>> Some of the IPA characters are problematic because the
>> conventional glyphs look identical to base Latin/ASCII
>> characters, or identical to them modulo standard style settings
>> (e.g., italic).  It won't do to include all of the IPA group as
>> "Latin" for that reason.  It won't do to exclude all of the IPA
>> group because a few of them are used in African orthographies.
>> Someone --and I would be delighted if you would take it on-- is
>> going to have to go through the block and identify which
>> characters are needed for those orthographies (and, obviously,
>> are not glyph-equivalent to basic Latin characters) so that they
>> can be included.
> Are the Greek letters looking simmilar to the Latin letters going to be
> banned from the standard next?
> Sorry, but this reasoning is ludicrous. What is the problem you are
> trying  to solve?

Engineering, also called "finding the point of equitably distributed pain".

Greek lookalikes can be partially solved by a "don't change scripts in 
mid-label" rule.
Since IPA is part of the Latin block, that's not a solution for it.

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