From: John Cowan (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 09:33:57 EDT
> Thank goodness for Omniglot!
Indeed. Thanks for the Proel pointer, though.
Here's what I find: Fraser needs turned A, B, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, P,
R, T, U, V, and W; also reversed K (but I wonder if turned K is equally
recognizable). Unicode 4.0 already has reversed E at U+018E, which seems
to be adequate for turned E (its lower-case version *is* a turned e).
Possible case pairings, not useful with Fraser, would be: turned A with
U+0250, turned K (if that works) with U+029E, turned R with U+0279,
turned T with U+0287, turned V with 028C, and turned W with U+028D.
One could argue, I suppose, that Latin caps are too flexible for Fraser,
which seems to want very simple block-style glyphs and may find ordinary
Times Roman (say) illegibly complex. Fraser doesn't use Q, so the overlap
with Latin letters is not huge: just the 25 remaining Basic Latin caps.
(One could make, dare I say it, a plausible hack font with ordinary caps
in the ASCII lower-case positions and the turned/reversed glyphs in the
The Initial Teaching Alphabet, which also favors dead-simple glyphs,
may be relevant, perhaps even unifiable.
-- John Cowan firstname.lastname@example.org www.ccil.org/~cowan www.reutershealth.com "If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders." --Hal Abelson
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