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Re: [Lynx-dev] problem on an ISO-8859-1 terminal

From: Henry Nelson
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] problem on an ISO-8859-1 terminal
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 19:43:33 +0900
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.13 (2006-08-11)

On Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 07:42:57PM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> On Wed, 13 Jun 2007, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> >>On a terminal in ISO-8859-1 locales, lynx outputs a space before
> >>the minus (U+2212) character. For instance "x−y" is displayed
> >>as "x -y". Try lynx on the attached XHTML file...
> That's the way it is defined in
> src/chrtrans/def7_uni.tbl:1554:U+2212: -

On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 10:47:08AM +0200, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> On 2007-06-14 11:19:00 +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> Now, in my case, I recall that I had "x−y", and lynx displayed
> "x -y" instead of "x-y". As "x -y" is asymmetric, it may be quite
> confusing. Instead of the difference x minus y, one can understand it
> as x followed by the opposite of y. Anyway, if there is an ambiguity
> with the hyphen, the author can write "x − y". That's
> not the goal of lynx to try to eliminate the ambiguities.

On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 08:39:53AM -0400, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 14, 2007 at 06:33:38PM +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> > Hi Vincent,
> > 
> > I didn't say the current behavior of lynx was correct, okay?
> > 
> > It looked to me that you doubted that the current behavior
> > was intended so I only tried to explain why someone (it seemed no
> > one knew who he/she was) could think intentionaly to add a space
> > to a hyphen to express a minus sign (though it was only my guess).
> yes, we can only guess.  As far as I know, there is no rcs/cvs/etc history
> for Lynx before early 1997 (and the change was made before then).

I think most people posting on this thread would favor removal of the
space before "-" for U+2212 in src/chrtrans/def7_uni.tbl.  May I make
a motion for its removal; get a quick vote; and then get it removed if
that's what people want? TIA


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