Re: Latin ligatures and Unicode

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Mon Dec 27 1999 - 14:56:34 EST

on 12/27/99 12:37 AM, Eberhard Pehlemann at wrote:

John Jenkins schrieb:
3. There is a proposal to add a ligator character to specify the ligation
of two Latin characters, but the proposal is controversial.

In any event, your case wouldn't be appropriate for such a use -- you're
dealing with a number of ligatures which are compulsory within a specific
typeface. Forcing the user to specify the formation of these ligatures
whenever the characters are used -- and risking their showing up in other
typefaces where they may not be appropriate -- isn't the best way to go.
For situations where graphic alterations of the characters are required for
proper display, the Unicode approach is to have the rendering software
handle it.
I disagree! Blackletter ligatures cannot be handled just by the rendereing

In the german language, written in a blackletter font, there are cases where
only the meaning of a word decides if a ligature must or must not be used.
(See below for an example.) But how shall the rendering software know about
the meaning (the semantics) of my text?

Fine. Then the user can manually override the default ligation behavior.
Easy to do.

John H. Jenkins

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