Re: encoding polytonic Greek

From: Jeroen Hellingman (
Date: Fri Aug 27 1999 - 16:56:45 EDT

I think this reply does not answer the original question. I do agree that
the clearest way of encoding classical Greek is to avoid the precomposed
stuff, and use only base letters with combining accents. However, some
existing tools may only allow you to use the precomposed stuff because they
cannot position accents properly.

To answer the Peter's question, the right order is, even for capital
letters where the accents go in front of the letter, first the base letter,
then the combining accents. The software should be smart enough to
handle this special case in Greek.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick McGowan <>
To: Unicode List <>
Date: Friday, August 27, 1999 20:34
Subject: Re: encoding polytonic Greek

>> Let suppose that we're encoding the text using the Greek
>> Extended block at U+1Fnn in addition to the Greek block at
>> U+03nn.
>Ah, that's the first mistake.
>> Q: Which approach should be considered preferable?
>The clearest way to encode polytonic Greek text is to avoid using all the
>extended precomposed stuff. Use fully decomposed sequences.
>Some people might have a different opinion, of course.
> Rick

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