Deleting Lone Surrogates

Mark Davis ☕️ mark at
Sun Oct 4 08:44:32 CDT 2015

When I use, it does show the
sequence ����� as just two grapheme clusters.

In #29 we are specifically not concerned about ill-formed text (or other
degenerate cases). I suppose it would be possible to handle isolated
surrogates in different way (eg always breaking) if it represented a common
problem, but someone would have to make a very good case for that.

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On Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 3:02 PM, Richard Wordingham <
richard.wordingham at> wrote:

> In the absence of a specific tailoring, is the combination of a lone
> surrogate and a combining mark a user-perceived character?  Does a lone
> surrogate constitute a user-perceived character?
> The problem I have is that because of an application-specific bug,
> when I attempt to enter the sequence <U+1148F TIRHUTA LETTER KA,
> U+114BA TIRHUTA SIGN CANDRABINDU>, I appear to be gettig the UTF-16 code
> unit sequence <D805 DC8F D805 D805 DCBA>, which is being interpreted as
> the codepoint sequence <U+1148F, U+D805, U+114BA>.
> (The problem seems to arise because I use a sequence of two key strokes
> to enter candrabindu, and the application or input mechanism has to undo
> the entry of a supplementary character entered in response to the first
> keystroke.  I've reported the problem as Bug 94753.)
> Because the lone surrogate is interpreted as the start of a
> user-perceived character, I can move the cursor to between U+1148F and
> U+D805.  Then pressing the 'delete' key (as opposed to the 'rubout'
> key) will delete the U+D805.  However, if the lone surrogate plus
> combining mark is a user-perceived character, then all I will be left
> with is <U+1148F>.  At present the offending application is treating
> Tirhuta combining marks as user-perceived characters, but I suspect the
> application has simply not caught up with Unicode Version 7 yet.
> Richard.
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