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Re: ConScript Unicode Registry ( x: TECH: Unicode 5.1)

From:T. A. McLeay <conlang@...>
Date:Friday, April 11, 2008, 5:34
Philip Newton wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 5:56 AM, Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall > <nomad-conlang@...> wrote: >> Henrik Theiling wrote: >> > Or maybe one should ask for reservation for a (large) area >> > specifically for conlangs so that we had a way around using the >> > private use areas, which are technically not for interchanging text. >> > This way, there would be an official place where we could then >> > semi-officially be secondary script registrar. >> > >> >> Actually, didn't they /already/ reserve a large part of Unicode space for >> conlang use? >> >> > > That's the private-use area, which - as Henrik said - is less than > ideal, since private-use characters are "technically not for > interchanging text".
I thought they were appropriate for interchanging text as long as you are in agreement with your associates as to how it should be interchanged? What other purpose are there for PUA characters? (I am aware some fonts put small caps letters in them, or other fancy styles --- this is less than optimal and strictly unnecessary especially with modern font formats like Open Type.) The CSUR would seem to be appropriate for that. The only difficulty I am aware of is as you say:
> I seem to recall reading that there are problems, for example, with > setting PUC to be right-to-left, or to use some of them as combining > diacritics, since PUC have very few properties specified by Unicode.
-- Tristan.