Encoding italic

Tex via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Fri Jan 25 01:14:40 CST 2019

I am surprised at the length of this debate, especially since the arguments are repetitive…


That said:


Twitter was offered as an example, not the only example just one of the most ubiquitous. Many messaging apps and other apps would benefit from italics. The argument is not based on adding italics to twitter.


Most apps today have security protections that filter or translate problematic characters. If the proposal would cause “normalization” problems, adding the proposed characters to the filter lists or substitution lists would not be a big burden.

The biggest burden would be to the apps that would benefit, to add italicizing and editing capabilities.






From: Unicode [mailto:unicode-bounces at unicode.org] On Behalf Of Asmus Freytag via Unicode
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2019 10:34 PM
To: unicode at unicode.org
Subject: Re: Encoding italic


On 1/24/2019 9:44 PM, Garth Wallace via Unicode wrote:

But the root problem isn't the kludge, it's the lack of functionality in these systems: if Twitter etc. simply implemented some styling on their own, the whole thing would be a moot point. Essentially, this is trying to add features to Twitter without waiting for their development team.

Interoperability is not an issue, since in modern computers copying and pasting styled text between apps works just fine.  

Yep, that's what this is: trying to add features to some platforms that could very simply be added by the  respective developers while in the process causing a normalization issue (of sorts) everywhere else. 


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