This model view culture article i can text you a pile of poo, but i can't write my name
is making the rounds right now and might be of interest to folks here.
For my part, i think the problem is an input-ui issue rather than one of the unicode spec (not that unicode isn't without fault). In an ideal world, we wouldn't much care whether or not a glyph is (or is not) represented by an ideal code point because our input mechanisms would make that nuance irrelevant. In a way, i'm reminded of the opentype input gripes voiced by others; ideally, this would be a nonissue but our input software and devices seem to rub in our faces just how secondary the implementation is.
Although the article is effectively arguing that the spec's favoritism of conjuncts and software-level implementation (both os and type rendering and layout engine) disregards the legitimacy of the components in her written name, the issue feels like an uncomfortable intersection of the myriad nuances of calligraphy butting head-to-head with a a rendering system that favors abstraction and composition. I'm no unicode expert, though, so i likely have an imperfect view of this situation. If anything though, it is a stunning acknowledgement of how popular phones are that in what appeared to have been a matter of months, i already have skin tone modifiers available in my os.
in what is also a minor surprise, the first thread on hacker news
has a remarkably cogent and insightful analysis of the situation and a really interesting back and forth between the commenter and the article's author. my favorite part was this botched attempt to call out the commenter
> Is Bengali your first language?
curious to hear others' thoughts