Re: ZWJ and Latin Ligatures (was Re: (long) Re: Chromatic font research)

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Sun Jul 07 2002 - 18:55:03 EDT

On Saturday, July 6, 2002, at 03:42 AM, James Kass wrote:

> We certainly agree that ligature use is a choice. I think we diverge
> on just what kind of choice is involved. You consider that ligature
> use is generally similar to bold or italic choices. I consider use of
> ligatures to be more akin to differences in spelling. If you're
> quoting from a source which used the word "fount", it is wrong to
> change it to "font". And, if you're quoting from a source which
> used "hmoglobin", anything other than "hmoglobin" is incorrect.
> If the source used "&c.", it should never be changed to "etc.".
> So, if the source used the "ct" ligature...

I see your point, but I think we're to the stage where we'll just have to
agree to disagree. We *do* agree that ligation is a choice, but you're
quite accurate in your assessment of where precisely we diverge.

John H. Jenkins

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