From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
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
> 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.
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