ID_Start, ID_Continue, and stability extensions

Mathias Bynens mathias at
Wed Apr 23 12:29:27 CDT 2014

On 23 Apr 2014, at 19:18, Mathias Bynens <mathias at> wrote:

> defines ID_Start as:
>> Characters having the Unicode General_Category of uppercase letters (Lu), lowercase letters (Ll), titlecase letters (Lt), modifier letters (Lm), other letters (Lo), letter numbers (Nl), minus Pattern_Syntax and Pattern_White_Space code points, plus stability extensions. Note that “other letters” includes ideographs.
> What are the “stability extensions” this document refers to?
> I noticed that parsing `DerivedCoreProperties.txt` for `ID_Start` leads to slightly different results, than parsing `UnicodeData.txt` for category names and then adding the categories together, minus `Pattern_Syntax` and `Pattern_White_Space` which you can get by parsing `PropList.txt`.
> For example, U+2118 SCRIPT CAPITAL P is included in `ID_Start` as per `DerivedCoreProperties.txt`, but it doesn’t match any of the above categories. Is this an example of such a “stability extension”, or was this an oversight?

Here are the code points that match the respective property according to `DerivedCoreProperties.txt`, yet don’t match these properties if you’re adding/removing the categories manually based on the property definition in TR31.


* U+2118
* U+212E
* U+309B
* U+309C


* U+00B7
* U+0387
* U+1369
* U+1370
* U+1371
* U+19DA

Why these differences?

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