[PATCH] Re: build breaks - icu49 ?

Eike Rathke erack at redhat.com
Mon Apr 2 09:04:09 PDT 2012

Hi Tomáš,

On Saturday, 2012-03-31 21:52:06 +0200, Tomáš Chvátal wrote:

> Gentoo dev reporting the issue actually tried to write patch. [1]
> It is backported from ICU upstream. [2]
> Let me know if it is correct enough for commiting and I will do it.
> [1] http://people.apache.org/~Arfrever/libreoffice-
> [2] https://ssl.icu-
> project.org/trac/changeset/31071/icu/trunk/source/data/brkitr/char.txt

It took me some digging around to find what actually the comment in [2]
"TODO: Restore if the Prepend set becomes non-empty again" was
referring.. so, according to UAX #29 rev19 for Unicode version 6.1 we
have in section 3.1
Prepend: (Currently there are no characters with this value.)

UAX #29 rev17 for Unicode Version 6.0 was the last revision that listed
some characters for Prepend, and Unicode Version 6.1 changed that

Note that Prepend characters were defined only for THAI, LAO and TAI
VIET, see
and as our char_in.txt is used only for Indic languages the Prepend rule
shouldn't have any effect there anyway. Or I think so ...

So yes, Tomáš, I think it's safe to commit the patch.

Btw, we have a slight problem here, specifically the case if Prepend
became non-empty again we wouldn't notice other than polling UAX #29
changes, and in general using modified RBBI rules based on maybe
completely outdated rules we once adapted for an ancient ICU version.
Problem is that no one can judge on them other than native speakers AND
those have to be Unicode segmentation rules and ICU RBBI rules savvy ...


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