Hm, I think we should assume that locl is working in 2019 and ditch the 2nd school of Romanian thought.
Having accents as a freestanding, spacing shapes makes perfect sense when you are a type designer. I don’t like non-spacing accents and hacks to make them spacing temporarily. I think combining zero-width accents is the real historical accident, they are a pain in specimen production, they will position wrong without extensive anchoring, and composite glyphs can just as easily be built with spacing accents. If you typeset Mah, with a font that has no Mah glyphs, it’s easier to combine a spacing cedilla with the LMNO glyphs than a none-spacing cedilla, which would need just as much kerning and fumbling, but can’t be properly selected.
In FontLab 5, I can choose Contour > Convert > Selection to component, which finds an exact match, keeps exact position, or creates a new base glyph if no fitting component can be found. But no stress, I don’t need the script, I still have the source with components, and just thought that Rebuild Components would be faster than finding and converting the source.
And of course I was joking about monitoring script usage. We are not that far yet, but it will come, Adobe is already monitoring my font usage.