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HalfWidth Modifier

From: Kaori Nakai <nakai@mmd.yrp.nttdocomo.co.jp>
Date: Thu, 07 Feb 2002 02:34:36 +0900
Message-Id: <200202061740.MAA00601@tux.w3.org>
To: www-forms-editor@w3.org, w3c-forms@w3.org

I have a comment on Modifier token in inputMode.

Halfwidth modifier was in a XForms spec until the last internal 
version (January 14, 2002 Draft).

I request to put the Halfwidth back in the spec for the following 

-There are many situations where halfwidth Katakana is used to input 
Ruby from mobile phones, instead of small font Katakana. This is 
because most mobile phones only have one font. 
-Halfwidth Katakana is recognized and its range is allocated in 
Unicode. To realize smooth input of 'Halfwidth Katakana' defined in 
Unicode Script, Halfwidth modifier is needed. 
-The fact is that Japanese mobile users have always used Halfwidth 
Katakana input method to input Halfwidth Katakana strings. So they 
have already established mental model to use input method which 
corresponds to the input strings. We think this trend will last for a 
while, so the standard should be flextible enough to meet the market's 

DoCoMo throughly reviewed rest of the inputMode spec, and find no 
further problems. 

Best Regards,
Kaori Nakai

Kaori Nakai 
NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Global Standardization
E-mail: nakai@mmd.yrp.nttdocomo.co.jp
Received on Wednesday, 6 February 2002 12:40:42 UTC

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