Re: Drumming them out

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 08:10:50 CDT

At 11:53 +1000 2004-05-01, Nick Nicholas wrote:

>Coptic could have stayed unified with Greek,

Certainly not!

>and myself I'm still not convinced the distinction between Greek and
>Coptic in bilingual editions is not truly just a font issue.

Plain-text searching of Crum's dictionary, for instance, is a
perfectly valid requirement, and one which was brought to bear on the

>So the question again becomes, not whether the scripts are
>historically or graphemically distinct, but what the body of users
>is that wants them disunified.

The distinction itself is a strong reason to disunify. We've done
that with other scripts. And we will again, I'll warrant.

>And the "fonts are k00l" crowd of enthusiasts :-) which the review
>of hieroglyphics has already mentioned; and I know we shouldn't
>dismiss them out of hand and all, but why can't they be accommodated
>by a font switch too?

Because we are beyond ASCII font hacks. The Phoenician block will
allow font switching between a recognizably similar family of writing
systems. Same as we have for Syriac, or for Old Italic. And remember
-- most Etruscan scholars transliterate. But Unicode is not elitist.
It's universal.

Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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