From: Ted Hopp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jul 31 2003 - 10:57:50 EDT
On Thursday, July 31, 2003 10:00 AM, Peter Kirk wrote:
> Ted, if we are to encode separately the dot in holam male, what would
> you call that dot? We can't call it holam male because that is the name
> of the combined vav and holam. But if that causes a difficulty, that
> shows what the problem is. This dot is not a different character from a
> regular holam, it is the same one positioned differently, because it
> logically precedes the character above which it happens to sit.
> I note, from the Unicode standard version 4.0 section 2.10
> (http://www.unicode.org/book/preview/ch02.pdf), that some combining
> characters are encoded according to their logical and pronunciation
> order although this does not correspond to their visual positioning.
> Perhaps holam should be considered as a similar special case, with vav
> as it already is with alef.
I think of holam male as an indivisible glyph that happens to look like a
vav with a dot centered above it (or above its stem, if you will, but that's
just how it might vary from font to font). It's much the same as a
lower-case 'i' not being a dotless i glyph with a combining dot. (Sometimes
an 'i' is just an 'i'.) I wouldn't call the dot anything but a dot,
certainly not a holam male.
Let's encode Hebrew, not dots. It may mean changes to what SIL, UniScribe,
and others are doing, but there's no free lunch here.
Ted Hopp, Ph.D.
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