Plain text (from Re: Avoidance variants)

William_J_G Overington wjgo_10009 at
Sat Mar 28 08:10:55 CDT 2015

Italic could be implemented using an OpenType font.

Map the roman glyphs. Do not map the italic glyphs. Use glyph substitution rules in the font to access the italic glyphs if and only if a two character sequence occurs where the second of the two characters is the COMBINING ITALICIZER character.

William Overington

28 March 2015

----Original message----
>From : doug at
Date : 27/03/2015 - 16:21 (GMTST)
To : unicode at
Subject : Re: Plain text (from Re: Avoidance variants)

So one of the concerns I have is the implication that "interesting"
styling comprises:

1. bold
2. italic

If formatting characters were encoded to support these two styling
options, right away there would be calls to expand the set with:

3. underlining
4. strikeout
5. superscript
6. subscript
7. font face
8. font size
9. font color
10. highlighting
11. character spacing
12. line spacing
13. margins
14. page size
15. all the other styling options that word processors provide

The proposed, simplified solution doesn't scale. It's the same as one of
the concerns I have with encoding localizable sentences as characters.
There aren't 20 or 50 or 100 sentences that people might want localized,
but crores of them.

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ����

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