Ar 10:54 -0800 1998-11-16, scríobh John Cowan:
>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
We disagree! IPA has plain and italic styles. Sure, there are some
restrictions on preferred glyphs, but the letters are NOT fixed.
>Unicode kludges around this, but doesn't really
Except for the three "Greek" characters UCS does fine for representing the
Latin characters used for the IPA.
>Xerox Character Code, OTOH, had a completely separate
>IPA block, caseless and with fixed glyphs.
I just can't accept IPA being another script different from Latin. It's not
even historically true. It reminds me of the EZH/YOGH issue.
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