Re: [xml2rfc] [xml2rfc-dev] Unicode box-drawing for a new --table-borders value?

John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Sat, 30 January 2021 19:14 UTC

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Subject: Re: [xml2rfc] [xml2rfc-dev] Unicode box-drawing for a new --table-borders value?
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In article <342339E7-A47C-4C51-8852-7FFBB6A8C750@eggert.org> you write:
>I think that would be excellent, but AFAIK Unicode can (still) only be used in contact names (see the recent "Unicode in
>xml2rfc v3" thread over on rfc-interest@). I really hope we can just get to an agreement to allow Unicode anywhere in the
>document.

The problem is that laying out arbitrary Unicode is a nightmare.

It would be helpful if people could list some scenarios where it would
be useful. Carsten has (thanks!) but more voices would be nice.

The ones that occur to me beyond people's names are math symbols like a≥b and
words that are sometimes written with accents like coördinate.  For the math
symbols, I get the impression that people really want TeX style equation typesetting
which while not impossible, would be a major extension.

There's also typesetting stuff like “quotes” which we decided not to
do when this came up before but we might revisit.

What have I missed?

R's,
John