Fwd: Why incomplete subscript/superscript alphabet ?

Oren Watson oren.watson at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 13:25:43 CDT 2016

Would it be appropriate to submit an omnibus proposal for encoding all
remaining english letters in subscript, small caps, and superscript in the
SMP for the purpose of not arbitrarily constraining the use of unicode for
new linguistic theories and ideas, similar to the mathematical characters?

superscripted: CFQXYZ, q
subscript:  A-Z, bcdfgqwyz
small capital: QX
total: 44 characters.

On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 12:22 PM, Doug Ewell <doug at ewellic.org> wrote:

> Marcel Schneider wrote:
> > According to my hypothesis and while waiting, I believe that
> > the intent of the gap kept in the superscript lowercase range,
> > is to maintain a limitation to the performance of plain text.
> > I don't see very well how to apply Hanlon's razor here, because
> > there seems to be a strong unwillingness to see people getting
> > keyboards that allow them to write in plain text without being
> > bound to high-end software. The goal seems to be to keep the users
> > dependent on a special formatting feature and to draw them away
> > from simplicity.
> Hanlon's Razor doesn't apply here, because it's not a dichotomy between
> malice and stupidity.
> Unicode has a particular definition of what constitutes "plain text,"
> and it's become evident over the past 25 years that some people have
> different definitions. That's probably never going to change (I
> personally don't believe the difference between black-and-white pictures
> of cows and color pictures of cows is a plain-text distinction), but the
> Unicode definition is really the one that matters in discussions like
> this.
> What doesn't help, IMHO, is to claim that UTC has some ulterior motive
> to restrict the applicability of plain text and manipulate users and
> "draw them away from simplicity." I think insinuations of evil intent
> need to be better-founded than that.
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org
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