Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Ken Whistler kenwhistler at att.net
Mon Oct 10 15:24:41 CDT 2016

On 10/10/2016 1:14 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
> On 10 Oct 2016, at 21:04, Julian Bradfield <jcb+unicode at inf.ed.ac.uk> wrote:
>> Linguists don't need internationalization. They use IPA or other notations.
> We need reliable plain-text notation systems. Otherwise distinctions we wish to encode may be lost.
> Michael

Recte: We need reliable notation systems. Otherwise distinctions we wish 
to represent may be lost.

Whether a "reliable notation system" has to be entirely plain text in 
its content, or includes reliable standard means for markup, such as 
XML, is a matter for debate and consensus among the linguists involved.

Linguists need to represent all kinds of things, and assuming that all 
pertinent text content of interest to them is ipso facto plain text is 


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