zwj hack in MediaWiki (Was: Consonant allophones in Minza)
|From:||Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 5, 2007, 11:18|
Benct Philip Jonsson writes:
> > So I would recommend to *not* use a ‍ to hack-fix a broken
> > behaviour of a browser or font, but instead to use a working browser
> > or font, or if that is out of the question (for whatever reason), live
> > with a distorted display, and/or inform the maintainers of the browser
> > or font of not being Unicode compliant.
> I *dis*agree. I want as correct display as possible *now*, and I
> won't sit around until someone fixes the problem if I
> can fake it now. I think think that computers should adapt to humans
> and not the other way around.
Well, nothing else is what I am proposing. But a little bit of
patience for the humans who have programmed them would seem good, I
think. You can speed up by *informing* the right maintainers.
The big problem is that when everyone hacks around the problems, the
problems will take longer to be fixed and when they eventually are, a
lot of hacks remain that no-one sees easily (such ‍ are not
visible in text). Such hacks will most probably complicate life later
(e.g. when trying to process such text).
Of course, if you make yourself a list of all your ‍ hacks and
promise to remove all of them when the problem is fixed, then
everything would be fine. But usually, hacks keep floating around for
a painfully long time.
I've been programming a lot and hacks are bad, bad, bad. Always. :-)
> I guess I'm not the compliant type...
Obviously not. :-)