RE: Latin ligatures and Unicode

From: Curtis Clark (
Date: Tue Dec 28 1999 - 21:34:35 EST

At 12:43 PM 12/27/99 -0800, wrote:
> Who said that the primary
>thing I want to do with my text is to display or print it, rather than,
>store it in a database for doing a statistical research?

This to me seems to be the key issue. AAT/OT seems to have *a* handle on
selecting the ligature glyphs (maybe not the best handle, but I'm not
competent to judge). But to the extent that ligatures hold semantic value
that cannot be conveyed in any other way, they deserve to be searchable by
methods that don't rely on markup (which AFAIK are just about all the
methods in use. Perhaps there is no need to separate Wachs/tube and
Wach/stube, but if someone wanted to search and sort bind-runes (I'm
assuming that's what Michael is talking about--I haven't read the original
paper), it seems to me the current system doesn't give that capability.

Curtis Clark
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California State Polytechnic University FAX: (909) 869-4078
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