Re: Help with Greek special casing

From: Mark Davis (
Date: Sat Mar 03 2001 - 10:53:41 EST

Yes, that was filed as a bug, and will be fixed the next time we update the
case mappings. We are right in the middle of the Unicode 3.1 release, so
that will be coming sometime later.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Nicholas" <>
To: "Unicode List" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 00:11
Subject: RE: Help with Greek special casing

> At 09:56 -0800 2001-03-01, Carl W. Brown wrote:
> >It looks like the Unicode TR 21 special casing rules for the Greek final
> >sigma are not quite right.
> >
> >The final sigma in modern Greek should only be used at the end of a word
> >including the case where separate words are joined with hard hyphens. If
> >is followed by a character such as a combining mark or soft hyphen you
> >continue scanning to see what follows. If it is followed a letter then
> >is not final.
> >
> >A simpler test might be it see if a letter or a spacing character or hard
> >hyphen is found first. If it is a letter then it is not a final sigma.
> Which is what we do at the TLG with Beta code (whose S is both medial or
> final); in fact, Beta code conflates hard hyphens and dashes anyway,
> considering the (em) dash, without space, punctuation.
> If the Unicode rules are wrong, well, I hope those that can fix them are
> tuned in. :-)
> Nick Nicholas, Thesaurus Linguae Graecae.
> "All the nations also under his dominion were filled with joy and
> inexpressible gladness at not being even for a moment deprived of the
> benefits of a well ordered government."
> --- Eusebius of Caesaria on the accession of Constantine I.

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