It was email from Behnam Esfahbod...

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2013/10/30 07:01 -04:00, original URI:

So I got an email from Behnam Esfahbod, one of the people watching my The Story of MSKLC talk at IUC 37.

Hi Michael,

Good to see you at the conference.

As I told you, I haven't had access to any Windows 8 machine to try out the new Persian Standard keyboard layout that you've added, and I'm wondering if you have ZWNJ mapped on Shift+Space or not, since MSKLC does (or used to) not allow "non-space" characters be put on any level of the Space key.

Also, now that we're talking about ZWNJ and Persian keyboard layouts, I was wondering if you would consider adding ZWNJ on Shift+Space for the Microsoft Persian layout. This is the something I did a while back and published as "Enhanced Microsoft Persian Keyboard", [1] which based on what I hear, has been ver well-received.



Well, I can always look at loosening up the definition of what is legal for the space character.

To be honest, we always have good reasons for wanting to keep the rules tight, but every time we change anything the definition gets loosened more.

And ZWNJ is a worthy one to consider.

I will look into it for the future....

Thanks for the great suggestion!! 😏😏

Azarien on 31 Oct 2013 6:39 AM:

Sometimes I use ZWNJ on various forums to break syntax tags (e.g. bbcode) if I want to show them verbatim, or to prevent emoticon sequences like ":)" from being changed into pictures. Now ZWNJ is very troublesome to type, but Shift+Space sounds like a good idea.

Doug Ewell on 31 Oct 2013 12:49 PM:

I ran into this one a few weeks ago. Just for fun (?) I was doing a Braille keyboard, and wanted to assign U+2800 BRAILLE PATTERN BLANK to the space bar, and MSKLC wouldn't let me. #waaa

Michael S. Kaplan on 31 Oct 2013 10:09 PM:

I shall cry you a river... ;-)

Doug Ewell on 2 Nov 2013 11:40 AM:

The restriction against U+00A0 NO-BREAK SPACE is much more annoying.

Michael S. Kaplan on 3 Nov 2013 9:09 PM:

An excellent point! I will look into it...

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