Re: A basic question on encoding Latin characters

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sat Sep 25 1999 - 06:16:06 EDT

Ar 15:22 -0700 1999-09-24, scríobh Scott Horne:
>John Hudson wrote:
>> While I'm sympathetic to the desire to
>> enforce the abstract character philosophy in Unicode, I don't want to be
>> the person who has to explain to the Chechens why the Germans, French,
>> Dutch, Italians, etc., can have all their diacritic letters encoded but the
>> Chechens cannot.
>Nor do I. It wasn't my decision, and I don't want to have to tell the
>>unpleasant truth.

It will probably be some fool like me, who (in Ken's absence and with
Asmus' help) had to explain it to a Lithuanian at the last WG2 meeting.
Wanted a number of Lithuanian diacriticized letters (already encoded
precomposed) with _additional_ accents used in dictionaries and grammars.

>Some of the special letters probably will have to be encoded: the _ie_
>ligature, the _uo_ ligature, and barred _z_.

Barred z is already encoded (U+01B5, U+01B6). And you mean LETTER IE and
LETTER UO, because they are not typographic ligatures. But I don't want to
discuss Chechen Latin letters until such time as I see proper evidence of
them. So far I have seen only 1 web page with a downloadable font, and note
that writing to the addresses provided (several times, months apart over 2
years!) received no response.

Michael Everson * Everson Gunn Teoranta *
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