Re: [xsl] Authority For Western Line Breaking Rules

Subject: Re: [xsl] Authority For Western Line Breaking Rules
From: Kobayashi <koba@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 09:12:11 +0900
UAX#14 is implimented by ICU (International Component for Unicode).
But I am reported that ICU has such problem as it breaks like "UTF-
8". Perhaps, it also may not be permitted.

If you compare the description of UAX#14 and Unicode database text, 
you will find that there are some difference.

In my concept, UAX#14 is very ambitious, but it is a little too 
rough to be a standard. I am going to report these problems to
the author, hoping that the standard will be more refined.

Best regards,

Tokushige Kobayashi

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However, I will comment that in my reasonably close (but somewhat 
late-night) reading of Annex 14, I did not see this--the way the rules 
are defined makes it pretty difficult to decode the rules without a 
really close reading--and I'm a person whose spent most of the last 10 
years writing and decoding complex standards.

I know that standards writers are always strapped for resources and that 
these sorts of annexes always get a lower priority, but it would be 
helpful if this annex could be made a little clearer, I think. At a 
minimum, a bit more discussion of the implications of the rules might be 


W. Eliot Kimber
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