Mende Kikakui Number 10

Marcel Schneider charupdate at
Sat Jun 11 17:12:57 CDT 2016

On Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:25:39 +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> Exactly, Unicode should not create its own logic about scripts or numeral systems.
> All looks like the encoding of 10 as a pair (ONE+combining TENS) was a severe 
> conceptual error that could have been avoided by NOT encoding "TENS" as combining 
> but as a regular number/digit TEN usable isolately, and forming a contectual 
> ligature with a previous digit from TWO to NINE.
> The encoding of 10 as (ONE+TENS) is superfluously needing an artificial leading 
> ONE. This is purely an Unicode construction, foreign to the logic of the numeral 
> system.

Seeing the discussion exhausted, I join my hope to Philippe Verdyʼs, 
and reinforce by quoting Asmus Freytag on backcompat vs enhancement, 
before bringing another concern:

«If you add a feature to match behavior somewhere else, 
it rarely pays to make that perform "better", because 
it just means it's now different and no longer matches. 
The exception is a feature for which you can establish 
unambiguously that there is a metric of correctness or 
a widely (universally?) shared expectation by users 
as to the ideal behavior. In that case, being compatible 
with a broken feature (or a random implementation of one) 
may in fact be counter productive.»

Being bound with stability guarantees, Unicode could eventually add a _new_


Best wishes,


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