From: Vladas Tumasonis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Apr 26 2004 - 08:58:08 EDT
Cristian Secarã wrote:
>I like to make a proposal for 2 Romanian characters to be added to the
>Unicode / ISO 10646-1 (Basic Multilingual Plane) character set.
Similar problem in Lithuanian: we need 35 (!) accented letters. Our
official proposal was not accepted.
>The new characters should be
>- Latin small letter i with circumflex and acute accent
>- Latin capital letter I with circumflex and acute accent
>Details: the Romanian language has 6 (3x2) complex accented characters,
>used in rare occasions; these characters are:
>- Latin small letter a with breve and acute accent (Unicode 1EA5)
>- Latin capital letter A with breve and acute accent (Unicode 1EA4)
>- Latin small letter a with circumflex and acute accent (Unicode 1EAF)
>- Latin capital letter A with circumflex and acute accent (Unicode
>- Latin small letter i with circumflex and acute accent (no Unicode)
>- Latin capital letter I with circumflex and acute accent (no Unicode)
>For the first 4 characters, see this example
>http://www.secarica.ro/unicode_1ea5_1eaf.jpg (.jpg, 124 K)
>For the last 2 characters, see this example
>http://www.secarica.ro/unicode_none.jpg (.jpg, 100K)
>>From a practical point of view, these characters can be rather
>considered as U+0103 with acute accent, U+0102 with acute accent,
>U+00E2 with acute accent, U+00C2 with acute accent, U+00EE with acute
>accent and U+00CE with acute accent.
>However, from a machine point of view, this is an unfortunate approach.
>These characters are usually needed by some academic literature (like
>dictionaries). The acute accent is normally never needed in daily
>written Romanian language. The acute accent is an explicit information
>about pronunciation, only required in texts where contextual confusion
>may occur, or where pronunciation rules are explicitly described.
>I recently identified this problem, because in our new keyboard
>national standard the characters 1EA4, 1EA5, 1EAE and 1EAF were
>included in an "informative" annex. At the same time it was impossible
>to include a reference to characters [Latin small letter i with
>circumflex and acute accent] and [Latin capital I with circumflex and
>acute accent] because of the lack of an appropriate Unicode code point.
>For reference, the above examples are from this book
>http://www.secarica.ro/ghilimele_ioop.png (.png, 47K)
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