Plain text (from Re: Avoidance variants)

Asmus Freytag (t) asmus-inc at
Fri Mar 27 11:25:42 CDT 2015

On 3/27/2015 6:00 AM, William_J_G Overington wrote:
> So, if that were implemented, then to typeset, say, the word astrolabe 
> within a plain text file, in italics, one would need to use nine 
> instances of the COMBINING ITALICIZER, one instance after each letter 
> of the word astrolabe.
> That would be fine and the characters discussed would be, in my 
> opinion, two useful additions to Unicode.

Just because you seem not to get this, those would not only be useless, 
they would lead to dual encoding a problem that needs to be avoided, not 
added to.

With the Math Alphanumerics, Unicode decided not to use the combining 
mark approach, but to encode individual characters in their italic/bold 
shapes, for use when isolated letters need to have that appearance as 
part of technical notations.

In adoption that solution, nearly fifteen years ago, Unicode effectively 
set a precedent against the kind of character you re proposing.

As you apparently find it difficult to understand this, let me spell it 
out for you: any proposal for  adding these kind of characters is dead 
on arrival.


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