A last missing link for interoperable representation
James Kass via Unicode
unicode at unicode.org
Sat Jan 12 08:21:19 CST 2019
Reading & writing & 'rithmatick...
This is a math formula:
a + b = b + a
... where the estimable "mathematician" used Latin letters from ASCII as
though they were math alphanumerics variables.
This is an italicized word:
������������������������
... where the "geek" hacker used Latin italics letters from the math
alphanumeric range as though they were Latin italics letters.
Where's the harm?
FWIW, the math formula:
a + b # �� + ��
... becomes invalid if normalized NFKD/NFKC. (Or if copy/pasted from an
HTML page using marked-up ASCII into a plain-text editor.)
Yet the italicized word "kakistocracy" is still legible if normalized.
If copy/pasted from an HTML page using the math alphanumeric characters,
it survives intact. If copy/pasted from markupped ASCII, it's still
legible.
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