From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 22 2003 - 16:29:28 EDT
At 10:29 AM 5/22/2003, Theodore H. Smith wrote:
>But seriously, what is so special about the Gothic style that it needs its
>own block? That hampers text searching and complexifies things in other ways.
Gothic is not a *style* it is a language and a script. Yes, some of the
Gothic letters resemble Latin letters and some resemble Greek letters, but
the same is true of the Cyrillic script. The Gothic block is not intended
for encoding anything except text in the Gothic language.
You may also notice, in Plane 1, a whole set of stylistic variants of the
Latin alphabet, including italic, script and fraktur (blackletter, also
sometimes mistakenly called 'Gothic lettering'). These are also not
intended for encoding text in English or any other Latin script language,
but only for use in mathematics.
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