Re: Nice to join this forum....

From: John Hudson (
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 20:48:22 CDT

Philippe Verdy wrote:

> I thought about missing African letters like barred-R, barred-W, etc... with
> combining overlay "diacritics" (whose usage has been strongly discouraged within
> Unicode).
> May be a font could handle theses combinations gracefully with custom glyph
> substitution rules similar to the automatic detection of ligatures. But may be
> they should not if Unicode will, in fine encode these characters separately
> without any canonical equivalence with the composed sequence.

Having spent weeks time researching African orthographies a few years ago, I'm inclined to
think that such barred letters should be separately encoded: they constitute new Latin
letters, not combinations of elements within orthographies such as base letters and
combining marks. A problem, however, is that many such forms are found in unstable
orthographies, and are difficult to document adequately for inclusion in proposals.

John Hudson

Tiro Typeworks
Vancouver, BC
I often play against man, God says, but it is he who wants
   to lose, the idiot, and it is I who want him to win.
And I succeed sometimes
In making him win.
              - Charles Peguy

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