From: Michael Everson (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Apr 17 2004 - 05:11:09 EDT
At 12:32 -0700 2004-04-15, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
>Note that while the particular combination <006C, 00B7, 006C> is a
>peculiarity of Catalan orthography, U+00B7 MIDDLE DOT (often called
>a 'raised period') is
>very widely used, indeed, in technical orthographies for many
>languages, particularly in the Americas, where it is used much more
>commonly than the IPA characters U+02D0 MODIFIER LETTER TRIANGULAR
>COLON or U+02D1 MODIFIER LETTER HALF TRIANGULAR COLON to indicate
>vocalic (or less commonly, consonantal) length.
In Cornish lexicography, the middle dot is used regularly to mark the
vowel of the stressed syllable when it is not penultimate (as it is
in most words).
I have had suboptimal connectivity over the last while, but as a type
designer I personally consider the middle dot to be ordinary
punctuation that should harmonize with other punctuation marks. My
solution to this is to treat it as the top dot of a colon. So for me,
MIDDLE DOT is to COLON as MODIFIER LETTER HALF TRIANGULAR COLON is to
MODIFIER LETTER TRIANGULAR COLON.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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