Re: Latin ligatures and Unicode

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Mon Dec 27 1999 - 14:32:56 EST

on 12/27/99 9:36 AM, at

> Michael gave better evidence for the need of a ZWL. Although he had to
> resort to ancient scripts like Runic, he demonstrated that, in some cases,
> ligatures may not be defined by any kind of rule, being simply a free
> decision by the author. In these cases, there must be a way to encode this
> scribal caprices, or the software will have no other choice than using a
> "default" or "best-fit" rendering.

For me, the AAT and OpenType mechanisms adequately answer this point, as
they allow full control over arbitrary (or automatic) ligature generation or

I'm still trying to figure out what I would consider adequate reasons for
requiring ligation control in plain text. I haven't seen them proposed yet,

John H. Jenkins

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