Re: Greek/Etruscan/Gothic Unification Proposal

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Wed Nov 19 1997 - 12:21:57 EST

One of the key points is whether native speakers of the three scripts would
recognize the standard character shapes as being the roughly the same. (Since we
are talking about dead scripts, it would be the academic users of the scripts.) It
sounds from the descriptions that this would not be the case--that at least some
letters would not be recognized as being the same.

For example, there are relatively few letters in Greek and Latin that could be
unified, since the letter shapes for either upper or lower case are too dissimilar.
One could concievably have unified iota, kappa, omicron, and tau, but really not
the others. (Of course, for source-code compatility's sake, we didn't unify them in
any event (TUS p 2-8).)


Michael Everson wrote:

> I would object very strongly to the unification of Greek, Etruscan, and Gothic.
> I do not like the unification of Coptic with Greek, either, and neither do
> Coptic specialists I have been in contact with over the years.
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