Re: FAQ entry (was: Looking for information on the UnicodeData file)

From: John Hudson (tiro@tiro.com)
Date: Tue Mar 11 2003 - 14:42:31 EST

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    At 07:17 AM 3/10/2003, Christopher John Fynn wrote:

    > > How do you know that? Either "Caesar" or "Cæsar" is good Latin.
    >
    >No.
    >
    >Hart's Rules: ...

    >The Chicago Manual of Style:...

    Hart's and Chicago both correctly specify current British and American
    classicist conventions for setting Latin text. There was a very long
    period, however, during which Latin was typically set using the and
    diphthongs, and it is still common to see them used in fairly recent
    missals and other ecclesiastical Latin texts. The contemporary classicist
    convention is based on the reasonable observation that the ancient Romans
    did not use the specialised diphthong forms, ergo nor should we. The same
    people consider Latin a dead language, suitable only for study of ancient
    documents, which is clearly not the view taken at the Vatican, which
    continues to produce new documents in that language. In recent encyclicals,
    however, at least as published at www.vatican.va, the and are not used.

    John Hudson

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