Re: [OT] Re: Exact positioning of Indian Rupee symbol according to Unicode Technical Committee

From: Doug Ewell <>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 14:53:14 -0600

Karl Pentzlin wrote:

> As said in an earlier posting, the part 9995-9 is now in DIS, which
> means that its final version will be published 2013 or 2014. Thus,
> national standards referring to this part will hardly be published
> before 2015.
> Thus, there is enough time for any manufacturer of operating systems
> or third-party software suppliers to announce their support of any
> keyboard layout compliant with a standard referring to ISO/IEC 9995-9.

Again, just speaking about one platform (Windows) that seems to be in
somewhat common use, the problem is that the underlying architecture
doesn't support multiple dead keys on a single base character, nor does
it support a fifth, sixth, etc. shift state (unless one chooses to be
reckless and use Ctrl). This is unlikely to change in the next two to
three years. It isn't a matter of providing a layout—otherwise, anyone
with MSKLC and a supported Windows version could create one.

> The fact that Microsoft until now does not support ISO/IEC 9995-3:2010
> "Complementary layouts of the alphanumeric zone of the alphanumeric
> section", which is required e.g. by the German standard DIN 2137:2012
> to be published in June, is a different issue.

Microsoft can never support ISO/IEC 9995-3:2010 unless they change their
keyboard handling architecture, as above.

Doug Ewell | Thornton, Colorado, USA | @DougEwell ­ 
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