Re: Ligatured characters

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 10:40:24 EDT

I'd like to remind everyone to look at the latest version of the Unicode
Standard, especially when looking at fine points. To cite Unicode 3.0.1

"Section 13.2 Controlling Ligatures, page 318: the text is superseded by the


Otto Stolz wrote:

> Am 2000-09-14 um 15:35 h UCT hat John Cowan geschrieben:
> > By the new rules, ZWNJ [...] blocks ligation.
> > ZWJ (which is now the ligator) is not required for every instance of
> ligation,
> Should this go into
> <>?
> I have re-read section "Controlling Ligatures", in TUC 3.0, p. 318.
> Now, I interpret the wording, and fig. 13-2, so that I would have to
> code, e. g., German "Auflage"
> as "A" "u" "f" ZWJ ZWNJ ZWJ "l" "a" "g" "e":
> the ZWNJ to forbid the incorrect f-l ligature, and the two ZWJs
> to provide the correct cursive connectivity, just in case my text
> would be rendered with a cursive font. Is this correct?
> Note that this example is just one instance of a very common pattern
> in German: my Cassel's lists 48 words starting with "auf­l", and as
> I have already said, you can form arbitrary compounds without any limit.
> Am 2000-09-14 um 18:55 h UCT hat geschrieben:
> > I was giving a general explanation of ligatures in the context of the
> > character/glyph model assumed by Unicode [...] The
> > points you make here are consistent with what I was trying to communicate.
> Thanks to both of you for the clarification.
> Best wishes,
> Otto Stolz

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