Re: Ligatured characters

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Sep 14 2000 - 11:45:14 EDT

Otto Stolz wrote:

> For German needs, a "zero-width non-ligator" character would be suitable,
> as only the absence of a ligature carries any meaning;

By the new rules, ZWNJ serves this function: it blocks ligation.

> a "zero-width
> ligator" character would not be feasable for German,

ZWJ (which is now the ligator) is not required for every instance of ligation,
but rather for ligationes contra naturam only, as when reproducing a
manuscript from the days when ligations were all over the place.

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