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I’m an author and a consultant who specializes in character codes, localization, web authoring, accessibility, and typography. Author of Unicode Explained and Going Global with JavaScript and Globalize.js.


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answered Ref:How to write subscripts in Microsoft Office formulas
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comment Ref:How to write subscripts in Microsoft Office formulas
What information are you referring to? Who has explained what where?
Apr
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comment Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
@MichaelKjörling, I’ve added a reference to that feature. However, a major objection to Unicode in the early days was inefficiency, and UTF-16 doubles the size of data that is dominantly Ascii. UTF-8 means, e.g. for English text, that you only “pay” for the non-Ascii characters you use.
Apr
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revised Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
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Apr
12
comment Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
This seems to be the best answer we can have, with this inconvenient behavior of Word. We need to choose between this method, Timothy’s answer of suppressing punctuation checks, the use of spaces inside the formula as described in the question, and just ignoring the messages (hoping we won’t ignore too many real errors in the process).
Apr
12
accepted Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
Apr
12
comment Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
@bibadia, can you formulate your comments as an answer?
Apr
12
comment Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
U+FEFF is ZERO WIDTH NO-BREAK SPACE, which is also used as BOM, but only at the start data. U+200C ZERO WIDTH NON-JOINER is defined (in the Unicode standard) to disabled ligature beahavior, but Word uses it differently, and in Insert → Symbol → More Symbols → Special character, “No-Width Optional Break” inserts it. It indeed seems to prevent the error messages, but I think it needs to be used carefully. E.g., in my example, using it before “y” has the desired effect, but if you also put it after “y”, it will act as optional line break, causing perhaps “.” to be pushed at the start of a line!
Apr
12
comment Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
@bibadia, doesn’t work for me—I suppose you meant U+FEFF, but it does not have such an effect when I test the idea with my sample sentence in Word 2013.
Apr
11
answered Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
Apr
11
comment Why do English characters require fewer bytes to represent than other alphabets?
There is no last byte that codes the end of file, in any normal encoding or file format. When a program reads a file, end of file might be signalled by the OS in a special way, but that’s a different issue.
Apr
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asked Equations cause wrong error messages in spelling check in Word, how to avoid?
Apr
7
comment word breaks are in really stupid locations for CamelCase words
The method should work on Mac, too, just with the Command key (⌘) being used instead of the Ctrl key as usual.
Apr
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answered word breaks are in really stupid locations for CamelCase words
Apr
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comment word breaks are in really stupid locations for CamelCase words
Using Word 2007 on Windows, I get no hyphenation alternatives for the sample word, if text language is set to US English. With language set to British English, I get Ge-neOrGene-Pro-duc-tOr-Var-iant.
Mar
12
comment Word 2007: Right side of equation bigger than lift side
@Indrek, maybe, but the title says that the right side is bigger. And how was all this really created?
Mar
12
comment Word 2007: Right side of equation bigger than lift side
Which equation are you referring to? I see one equation in the image, and obviously the right side should be bigger than the left side, as it is more complex. What tools have you used? The Equation Tools in Word 2007 do not normally produce things like this (e.g., it by defalt italicizes variables, as they should be here).
Mar
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comment Mess of right-to-left and left-to-right in Unicode
What is Kate editor and what specific problem are you referring to? “Mess” is not a problem description. You should describe the issue in a self-contained manner, so that one does not need to look at an external linked resource and guess what you see as a problem.
Mar
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answered Inserting math subset and superset symbols into office word
Mar
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comment Inserting math subset and superset symbols into office word
Do you really need to use nonstandard notation for binomial coefficients? There are two standar notations, n over k in parentheses and a C with k as superscript and n as subscript, both on right.