Re: Fixing Two Unicode Asymmetries in case conversion

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Nov 16 1998 - 13:48:40 EST

Michael Everson scripsit:

> Not at all. Of course IPA is Latin -- it simply doesn't make _use_ of case
> distinctions, which is a matter of practicality to ensure simplicity and
> legibility of transcriptions.

I can't agree. IPA is shape-sensitive in a way that Latin is not:
the letterforms are (in principle) fixed, a bit like the Zapf
Dingbats block. Unicode kludges around this, but doesn't really
satisfy it. Xerox Character Code, OTOH, had a completely separate
IPA block, caseless and with fixed glyphs.

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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