4.1087 The TLG's Greek (1/21)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 25 Feb 91 21:09:13 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 4, No. 1087. Monday, 25 Feb 1991.

Date: Mon, 25 Feb 91 17:59:01 CST
From: john@utafll.uta.edu (John Baima)
Subject: Unicode and the TLG

While I have a number of comments about Unicode, I did want
to respond to the factual error in Pierre MacKay's comments
about the TLG. The TLG certainly does *not* code breathing
marks before the character. My *opinion* is that all zero
width characters should follow the character. The uniformity
of coding is an important point and I don't think that
exceptions should be made.

I would also like to inject my opinion about Mr. MacKay's
comments about the quality of the TLG coding. While it is
true that many of the decisions of the TLG were forced by
limited hardware, I think that the TLG made many excellent
choices and that it is almost ideally suited for searching.
Rather than ignoring or belittling the TLG coding scheme, I
think that it would be much more productive to use the TLG as
a baseline for determining the "searchability" of a text. As
the quantity of texts blossoms, the usability of those texts
will be heavily influenced by their searchability.

John Baima