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Re: [CSS21][css3-namespace][css3-page][css3-selectors][css3-content] Unicode Normalization

From: Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 18:05:18 +0000
Message-ID: <498735DE.5030404@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: "Phillips, Addison" <addison@amazon.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "public-i18n-core@w3.org" <public-i18n-core@w3.org>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>



Phillips, Addison wrote:

> However, this is a problem of universal access. Many languages that rely on combining marks are minority languages that face other pressures (declining native literacy; majority language education; lack of vendor support). The speakers of these languages are expected to surmount many hurdles---with keyboards, fonts, etc. etc. The idea that the pressure should be on these users to deal with these issues is exclusionary. 
> Other affected languages do not face this same level of challenge. Nonetheless, languages such as Vietnamese or Burmese do not and will never form more than a very small percentage of total Web content. Should we not address the Unicode-based requirements that such languages present just because most of the Internet is in English and/or Chinese??
> So, I agree that normalization is a pain and that it is slower than strcmp() and that it doesn't affect the (vast??) majority of users. But it *is* a real problem and it does affect users, specifically those whose languages rely on combining marks. Wishing that all of our text editors did NFC is "nice", but not realistic.

Well said. I strongly support this position.
Philip TAYLOR
Received on Monday, 2 February 2009 18:06:02 GMT

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