From: Asmus Freytag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 19 2003 - 20:35:08 EST
At 12:13 AM 2/20/03 +0100, Werner LEMBERG wrote:
> > Thanks. As a conclusion it seems that both Adobe's mapping of
> > U+03D5 and U+03C6 to glyph names and the Unicode annotation for
> > U+03D5 is incorrect (in case backwards compatibility is of
> > importance).
> > The right mapping should be
> > phi 03D5
> > phi1 03C6
>I have to correct myself, fortunately. After looking into the printed
>version of Unicode 2.0 I see that the glyphs of 03D5 and 03C6 in the
>file U0370.pdf are exchanged. Your assuption is correct that the
>annotation in Unicode 3.2 is wrong.
The glyphs were changed between Unicode 2.0 and 3.0. They are now correct.
The reasons are stated in http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr25 (and also
tr28, I believe).
The source of the earlier arrangment comes from the practice of ISO to show
representative glyphs for the characters in 8859 and similar standards in
their sans-serif forms. The 'loopy' phi is apparently used very commonly
with serifed fonts, but equally commonly not used with sans-serifed fonts.
For Greek *text* that distinction is aesthetics only, but for mathematical
use of Greek symbols the distinction is crucial. For more information see
the reports cited.
PS: The printed version of earlier versions of the Standard are of
interested, but if there is a change, you must also consult all later
versions, or you will miss the rationale for the change.
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