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

Eli Zaretskii eliz at gnu.org
Wed Apr 23 09:54:01 CDT 2014

> Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:17:44 -0700
> From: Ilya Zakharevich <nospam-abuse at ilyaz.org>
> Cc: asmusf at ix.netcom.com, verdy_p at wanadoo.fr, ken at unicode.org,
>  unicode at unicode.org, jjc at jclark.com
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 07:08:56PM +0300, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> > > Sorry, I do not see any definition here.  Just a collection of words
> > > which looks like a definition, but only locally…
> > 
> > Any definition is just a collection of words, of course.  Can you tell
> > what is missing from this collection to make it eligible?
> This is a very delicate question, of course.  And it is very personal:
> every definition assumes a certain target population.  But let me try:
>   A) It should be immediately clear which of the possible meanings of
>      every word/phrase was intended by the author;
>   B) It should have a unique non-self-contradictory interpretation;
>   C) The reader should immediately get a feeling that given enough
>      effort, one will be able to understand what is the interpretation
>      in (B).

I agree with all of the above (except that "immediately" might not be
practically achievable in complex cases).  I tried to achieve all of
these goals with my attempted definitions, and I believe I succeeded,
as did Asmus.

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