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# Bug#99933: Default charset should be UTF-8

> > > > Also, Unicode does include Fraktur characters.
> > >
> > > but in mathematical symbols - that is a completely different beast
> >
> > Please explain why it matters to the reader whether the letter A is
> > classifed by the unicode consortium as mathematical [or not]?

On Tue, Jun 12, 2001 at 08:38:21AM +0200, Radovan Garabik wrote:
> because mathematical letter is a different than "normal" letter.
> They might look alike, but (depending on typography), often
> do not.

Of course, this doesn't prevent other uses.  But you're right, that only
a limited selection (e.g. not Han) of characters enjoy bold code points.

> You can make a text bold, and meaning will remain. If you make a
> mathematical expression all bold, it will have a completely different
> meaning.

So?  Let's imagine you're composing an html document.  What's to prevent
you from wrapping a mathematical alphanumeric character with <b></b>?

> > You're telling me why the context matters.  You're not telling me why
> > the unicode naming of the code points matters.
> >
> > If the reader sees "Branden", why should it matter whether any underlying
> > code points were designated by the consortium as mathematical?  If the
>
> because if code points are mathematical, I parse it as
> B \times r  \times a \times n \times d \times e \times n

But if the context is not mathematical, how can you tell that mathematical
code points are used?

If I say xy-2yz=0, and I don't use mathematical characters, why would
you not interpet that as indicating multiplication?

--
Raul