Re: IPA as Latin [was: Re: Fixing Two Unicode Asymmetries in case conversion]

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Nov 16 1998 - 16:03:44 EST

Kenneth Whistler wrote:

> It is still recognizably Latin in its use of the core Latin alphabet


> and in its use of accents, and in its general layout rules.

By those arguments, Latin and Cyrillic are recognizably Greek.
> Besides, there is little point in flogging this one further. The
> decision to treat IPA as Latin was made back in 1989, with the
> active participation of Joe Becker, who I think we can agree was
> in the position to understand the shortcomings and mistakes of the
> Xerox Character Code Standard (as well as its good points).

I agree there's no point in agitating for changes, but I have
expressed my regret. Et taceo.

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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