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Rimas Kudelis wrote:
> Second, I believe that this would defeat the purpose of Unicode (which
> is to be consistent, no matter what the context or language is).
(I'm setting the follow-up on i18n again).
No, the purpose of Unicode is to encode abstract characters, that are
recognised as representing the same element, but can have very various
graphical representations (glyphs) depending on both context and language.
http://unicode.org/reports/tr17/#CharactersVsGlyphs "The elements of the character repertoire are abstract characters.
Characters are different from glyphs, which are the particular images
representing a character or part of a character. Glyphs for the same
character may have very different shapes"
"[...] the connection between glyphs and characters is at times even
less direct. Glyphs may be required to change their shape, position and
width depending on the surrounding glyphs"
Chinese characters unification is the reference case where the
appearance is very dependent on the language :
http://unicode.org/faq/han_cjk.html#3 "Q: If the character shapes are different in different parts of East
Asia, why were the characters unified?
A: The Unicode standard is designed to encode characters, not glyphs.
Even where there are substantial variations in the standard way of
writing a character from locale to locale, if the fundamental identity
of the character is not in question, then a single character is encoded
> I'd rather think it's stated somewhere else (perhaps even in Unicode
> standard) that the ellipsis itself can be expressed by using different
> characters, depending on the language used. But those different
> characters have their own codepoints, I guess.
As seen above, definitively no. There is one and one only unicode
character to represent the ellipsis, U2026, and the preferred glyph to
represent it will depend on language and cultural preferences.