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[css3-writing-modes] i18n-ISSUE-278: Characters vs code points

From: Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 13:38:04 +0100
Message-ID: <51F9052C.7080303@w3.org>
To: www-style@w3.org, www International <www-international@w3.org>
http://dev.w3.org/csswg/css-writing-modes/#text-combine-horizontal0
Example 20

"Note that the number of characters ≠ number of Unicode codepoints!"

That is a very strange thing to say, since by definition Unicode 
codepoints are equivalent to characters.

I assume that you mean that non-spacing combining characters don't take 
up any horizontal space, and so you might have more characters than 
graphemes. If so, perhaps you should say that?

This is a particularly problematic example of the approach "For 
readability, the term character is used in place of extended grapheme 
cluster in this section." The Character Model says "Specifications 
SHOULD use specific terms, when available, instead of the general term 
'character'." (http://www.w3.org/TR/charmod/#C067). I think that would 
help here, and probably elsewhere in the document.


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