Re: The golden ligatures collection ct ligature code in use.

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Jun 01 2002 - 14:15:36 EDT

William Overington <WOverington at ngo dot globalnet dot co dot uk>

>>> Respefully,
>> Nice one, Doug. Unfortunately, on my system, that collides with
>> the ConScript version of Shavian which I have installed, so I got
>> something unexpected. ☹
> Yet ConScript has now withdrawn that allocation and now uses that
> code point for Ewellic.
> What is interesting is as to how Doug produced that effect. How was
> it done please?
> Here it came out as a black rectangle in Outlook Express. So I did
> two things. Firstly I looked in the message source and found the
> string =EE=9C=87 in the line of text. Secondly I did a copy and
> paste of the text from Outlook Express to Word 97 and then did a
> Save as HTML and then I looked at the source code of the HTML file
> which was produced. This produced the number 59143 in the sequence
> &#59143; so I then looked in the list at the following web page.
> http://www.Joern.De/tipsn128.htm#Ligaturen
> There, to my delight, was the number 59143 alongside my choice of
> U+E707 for the ct ligature.
> This is interesting, as the fact that your system was set up for
> ConScript and Doug wrote using a character from what is now called
> the golden ligatures collection provides a good practical example of
> the need for the use of the classification codes which I suggested
> some time ago.
> If the Conscript registry is defined to be in one type tray and the
> golden ligatures collection is defined to be in another type tray,
> then, in future software, the two different meanings associated with
> the code point U+E707 could be clearly signalled, indeed the two
> meanings could both be signalled in the same document!
> I am wondering what is the coding that Doug used, namely =EE=9C=87
> in the line of text.
> I have also analysed the other black rectangle which appears in your
> posting by the same process. It comes out as decimal 9785 which
> converts to hexadecimal 2639 which, upon looking in the code charts,
> gives a variation on a smiley, namely a frowning face.
> Looking at the source code of your posting I noticed a lot of =3D
> characters, yet there were no black rectangles accompanying them,
> though the screen did show a row of = characters. So, it would
> appear that if Outlook Express has a fount which recognizes the
> characters then they will appear on the screen in Outlook Express,
> even on older PCs.
> So, Doug has proved the benefit of my list existing and you have
> proved the benefit of, in the future, using my suggested
> classification codes.
> The documents showing the golden ligatures collection of Private Use
> Area code points for ligatures are available at the following web
> address.

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