Devanagari and Subscript and Superscript

Doug Ewell doug at
Tue Dec 15 13:26:38 CST 2015

srivas sinnathurai wrote:

> Does the standard support the use of diacritics in plain text format,
> when used with all and any complex scripts?

It probably depends on what you mean by "support" and "diacritics." I
can type a Tamil letter followed by a combining acute accent or
diaeresis, and in Arial Unicode MS it actually looks halfway decent.
Many years ago, William Overington famously put a combining circumflex
on top of U+2604 COMET. You just type one character followed by another
and hope for the best, display-wise. You don't get any other special

I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a comment on my statement that
arbitrary subscript and superscript is similar to other attributes that
are not defined to be part of plain text.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ����

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