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RE: Presentation Forms

Yes just as Behdad says you shouldn't use the Presentation Forms for anything unless you are writing the character set conversion internals of some software that needs to convert between legacy Arabic character sets.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad at cs dot toronto dot edu>
Reply-To: Development Discussions <developer at arabeyes dot org>
Date:  Fri, 25 Mar 2005 14:50:19 -0500 (EST)

>On Fri, 25 Mar 2005 ivon at pads1 dot cs dot nthu dot edu dot tw wrote:
>> I don't know if I misunderstood.
>> An Arabic input system can only keyin "Arabic" _language_ with codes in
>> U+0600 - U+06FF and it will be shaped to U+FE70 - U+FEFF only. And the
>> Presentation Form-A is newly created codes, which is used to present some
>> terms that Arabic doesn't have it originally.
>> Is that right? ;b
>The best way to think about it is that the Presentation Forms A
>and B are there for compatibility reasons.  Nobody is and nobody
>should ever use them.  The Arabic script as encoded in the
>Unicode standard is serving more than just Arabic language.  So
>you see on the higher rows of the 0600 block characters that are
>not used in Arabic language at all.
>> Best Regards,
>> -Iven

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