Re: Mixed up priorities

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Oct 22 1999 - 10:59:35 EDT

G. Adam Stanislav scripsit:

> The funny thing is that had whoever ported the Roman alphabet to the Slovak
> language decided that particular sound should be written as slashed H, or
> whatever, no one would hesitate to encode it in Unicode.

Not necessarily. There are about 14 letterforms used in Yoruba that
don't have single-codepoint Unicode representations, not because Central
European languages are inherently more deserving than Yoruba, but because
there were no legacy encodings of Yoruba text that needed (or thought
they needed) 1:1 transliteration. If this hypothetical slashed-h
had been habitually encoded as "h backspace slash" or something of
the sort, it might have wound up in Unicode as LATIN LETTER H
followed by COMBINING SLASH.

Naturally, Yoruba text *can* be encoded in Unicode correctly, just not
on a one-letter-one-codepoint basis.

John Cowan                         
       I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin

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