Re: Which cross is this?

From: Asmus Freytag (asmusf@ix.netcom.com)
Date: Sat Mar 22 2003 - 23:11:16 EST

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    At 11:13 AM 3/22/03 +0100, Pim Blokland wrote:
    >David Starner schreef:
    >
    > > Criss-cross-lain. <i>s.</i> The alphabet; so called in consequence
    > > of its being formerly preceded in the <i>horn-book</i> by a to
    > > remind us of the cross of Christ; hence the term. <i>Christ-Cross-
    > > line</i> came at last to mean nothing more than the alphabet.
    > >
    > > where the cross looks like the attached picture. Is U+2720
    >(Maltese
    > > Cross) the right character for this, and is there a better one in
    > > Unicode?
    >
    >The picture you show does indeed look like a maltese cross.
    >However, as is shown in the pictures of actual horn-books at
    >http://www.iupui.edu/~engwft/hornbook.html, some had latin crosses
    >(U+271D).

    Note that some of these show multiple font-styles and also show the
    ligatures separately. See the second example on the page cited.

    A./



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