RE: Language Tagging And Unicode

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 11:08:20 EST

Ar 05:55 -0800 2000-01-20, scríobh Janko Stamenovic:

>> >How do you define "historically the same character" please?
>> Both derive directly from Old Slavonic letter tvrdo.
>By this definition Cyrillic and Latin A derive from Greek Alpha. And all
>three are "historically the same character". So what's the point?

The point is not the ultimate origin of the characters. Modern Cyrillic PE
as derived by Cyril or whomever from Greek was called TVRDO in Old
Slavonic. That letter is the very same letter used in Russian and Serbian.
The fact that (you claim) that Serbs prefer a special form of this letter
_in_ _italic_ _print_ _only_ does not mean that it is different from the
the letter as used in Russian or other languages.

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