Unclear text in the UBA (UAX#9) of Unicode 6.3

Asmus Freytag asmusf at ix.netcom.com
Mon Apr 21 13:59:18 CDT 2014

On 4/21/2014 11:14 AM, Doug Ewell wrote:
> From: Asmus Freytag <asmusf at ix dot netcom dot com> wrote:
>> In general, I heartily dislike "specifications" that just narrate a
>> particular implementation...
> I agree completely. I see this with CLDR as well; there is a more or
> less implicit assumption that I will be using ICU to implement whatever
> is being described. I don't care how robust and well-tested a wheel is;
> as a developer, I should be able to use the specification to reinvent it
> if I like.
Well put. Also, by simply narrating an implementation the UTC deprives 
the reader of a clear higher-level description of the concept and the 
intended result. The original part of the bidi specification does a much 
better job in that regard. It's time to revisit the language for the 
additions and bring them up to snuff.


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