From: Raymond Mercier (RaymondM@compuserve.com)
Date: Mon Apr 14 2003 - 12:27:34 EDT
Regarding the versions of Koppa, at least when it means '90', I would just
like to add that in Uncial Byzantine MSS ca 8th/9th cent., for example,
the koppa looks just like the "cofe" on p.7 of
http://www.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n1938.pdf. These MSS contain
astronomical tables (Ptolemy's Handy Tables) where the character is of
course very frequent. In these koppa is indeed the same as the Cyrillic
U+0427 & U+0447, but not much like U+3DE, or the Cyrillic 'koppa' U+480.
One wonders what is best for an edition, especially since all the other the
uncial letters will be represented as lower case.
At 12:15 08/04/2003 +0200, you wrote:
>Michael Everson wrote (in http://www.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n1938.pdf,
> "The Missing Link [...] An example of this can be seen in Derolez's
>1954 [...] a transitional KOPPA (called COFE here) for 90 (LXXXX), and SAMPI
>(called ENNACOSE here) for 900 (DCCCC). Note that ?? GOTHIC LETTER NINETY
>[...] [is] based on the same graphemic model [...]"
>Another example of this "transitional" koppa glyph is Cyrillic letter "?"
>("che", U+0427 & U+0447).
>Not surprisingly, the numeric value of "?" is 90, which shows that its
>original position in the alphabet must have been between "?" ("pe", numeric
>value = 80) and "?" ("er", numeric value = 100).
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