Crazy Byzantines

From: Nick Nicholas (
Date: Sun Sep 15 2002 - 06:14:57 EDT

A question that is academic right now, but may become relevant in a
couple of years.

When Byzantines wrote legal codes, they'd often include Latin terms and
words in Latin script. Fair enough, since the laws were based on Roman
codes. But they'd then go and put Greek accentuation on them anyway.

So, down the track, is there any reason

U+0069 U+0313 U+0301

should ever be a problem?
(Latin idem, with Greek smooth breathing and acute on the i; Mac Mail
isn't letting me type the combination in, but I don't regard that as
sufficient proof of problemicity.)

How about

U+0055 U+0313
(Ulpianus, with a Greek smooth breathing on the U.)

How about expecting the smooth breathing to do that annoying titlecase
behaviour of Greek diacritics on rendering, so it knows to put the
smooth breathing on a capital letter --- Roman or Greek --- in front of
that letter, rather than above it? I take it that's just a glyph issue,
so a font should be able to do it without too much hassle, as a
ligature or whatever? And that if I want this, I'm going to have to
make a font doing this rather than wait for an off-the-shelf font?
(Which is fine, I just want to make sure it's feasible.)

I think I already know this is all perfectly doable; I just wanted to
doublecheck with some grownups ;-) before we encode something one way
without coming to regret it when we switch to Unicode later...

  O Roeschen Roth! Der Mensch liegt in tiefster Noth! Der Mensch liegt in
  tiefster Pein! Je lieber moecht' ich im Himmel sein! --- _Urlicht_
Dr Nick NICHOLAS, Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia

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