A last missing link for interoperable representation

James Kass via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Sat Jan 12 20:17:34 CST 2019

On 2019-01-12 4:26 PM, wjgo_10009 at btinternet.com wrote:
> I have now made, tested and published a font, VS14 Maquette, that uses 
> VS14 to indicate italic.
> https://forum.high-logic.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=7831&p=37561#p37561

The italics don't happen in Notepad, but VS14 Maquette works spendidly 
in LibreOffice!  (Windows 7)  (In a *.TXT file)

Since the VS characters are supposed to be used with officially 
registered/recognized sequences, it's possible that Notepad isn't trying 
to implement the feature.

The official reception of the notion of using variant letter forms, such 
as italics, in plain-text is typically frosty.  So advancement of 
plain-text might be left up to third-party developers, enthusiasts, and 
the actual text users.  And there's nothing wrong with that.  (It's 
non-conformant, though, unless the VS material is officially 

Non-Latin scripts, such as Khmer, may have their own traditions and 
conventions WRT special letter forms.  Which is why starting at VS14 and 
working backwards might be inadequate in the long run.

Khmer has letter forms called muul/moul/muol (not sure how to spell that 
one, but neither is anybody else).  It superficially resembles fraktur 
for Khmer.  Other non-Latin scripts may have a plethora of such 

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