Re: Ancient Greek

From: William Overington (
Date: Fri Apr 04 2003 - 07:15:30 EST

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    Chris Hopkins wrote as follows.


    I am a new list member interested in implementing archaic, classical and
    Hellenistic Greek glyphs in a Unicode font. My initial questions will be
    focused on handling multiple alternate glyphs for each character, and how to
    organize a font with several thousand Hellenistic monograms.

    Is this the appropriate discussion list? If not, I'd appreciate a pointer.

    end quote

    This looks an interesting discussion and I hope that you will ask your
    questions in this forum.

    The matter of multiple alternate glyphs for each character seems at first a
    font issue, and it is partly a font issue, yet it is also a Unicode issue
    once one starts trying to encode a document which is intended to apply those
    glyphs in some controlled selection manner. For example, are you going to
    have some texts such as "Author A uses the symbol X for beta whereas author
    B uses the symbol Y for beta." where X and Y are just two of the "multiple
    alternate glyphs" which you mentioned?

    What please is a Hellenistic monogram? I am wondering whether this is going
    to be a good application of the Private Use Area, either on a permanent
    basis or on a temporary basis pending making a formal encoding application.
    In either case, reading about the Private Use Area in Chapter 13 of the
    Unicode specification available from the webspace may
    prove interesting.

    William Overington

    4 April 2003

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