Re: missing Latin letter for transcription

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Mar 19 1999 - 09:27:07 EST

Ar 09:10 -0800 1999-03-18, scríobh John Cowan:

>The Latin Extended Additional block (1Exx) exists to provide 1-1
>transcoding with VISCII, and to handle all the precomposed characters
>that existed in the first draft 10646, before the merger with Unicode.
>A few other Latin precomposed characters have been put in
>as a result of intensive lobbying by ISO national standards bodies.
>So the basic reasons for Latin precomposed characters are
>either: 1-1 transcoding with existing character set standards
>(not existing orthographies, N.B.), or standards-body politics.

Ireland requested LATIN SMALL LETTER LONG S WITH DOT ABOVE because it was
found in coded character sets for the Irish language and not for
"political" reasons. It was the only character in those character sets
which was not 1-1 mappable to the UCS.

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