RE: Addition of remaining two Maltese Characters to Unicode

From: Ayers, Mike (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2000 - 19:44:16 EDT

> From: Angelo Dalli []
> Sent: Monday, July 31, 2000 3:03 PM

> These characters are the only two digraphs in the Maltese
> language, namely
> the consonant 'gh' (where h is stroked) and the sixth vowel
> 'ie'. Though
> these characters can be rendered onscreen using separate
> characters, they
> are actually defined as separate characters in the Maltese
> alphabet. There
> are also problems in distinguishing between the Maltese 'ie' and the
> sequence 'i' + 'e' found in words adopted from English.
> Evidently, the only
> correct solution to this problem is to add these two
> characters to Unicode.
> The characters are in heavy daily use, making Unicode quite
> inadequate to
> represent Maltese until they are added.

        Okay, so I'm lobbing this out from the top of my head, but wouldn't
g + h + ZWJ and i + e + ZWJ give all the necessary information to handle
these properly?


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