From: Asmus Freytag (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Mar 16 2004 - 15:41:45 EST
At 12:07 PM 3/16/2004, Antoine Leca wrote:
> > (For example, old German in Frakkur typeface has been decided to be
> > just different font, but the same lattin letters as we know today)
>Like U+017F? ;-)
A little known fact is that the long s cannot be implemented as your typical
context-based glyph substitution. The reason for that lies in the fact
that (at least in German) the end of each word in a compound is treated
as a 'final' position, requiring the regular 's'.
Not even a dictionary based approach suffices, as
Wach-stube and Wachs-tube
use the same letters, but have different internal division, which
results in differences in the choice of 's'.
Since the use of the long s is an essential feature of Fraktur, it's
really not possible to take a text in Fraktur and simply change the
The reverse is even less workable: not only are there issues like the
long s, but certain words of foreign origin are never written in Fraktur.
A similar case has not been made for the i / dotless i in Irish.
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