Re: New contribution

From: C J Fynn (
Date: Tue May 04 2004 - 11:01:10 CDT

 "D. Starner" <> wrote:

> The Latin alphabet has 23 letters, IIRC. The Latin alphabet as
> encoded in Unicode has hundreds of letters, including many caseless
> letters and diacritics of all sizes and shapes and Fraktur ligatures,
> but it's still unified with the Alphabet that Virgil used.

IMO the encoding of Latin characters is not a good example to apply to anything
else. The Latin alphabet has been adopted - and adapted - to write to so many
different and diverse languages, has so many different styles and is in such
widespread modern use that it would be hopelessly complex to disentangle /
dis-unify into seperate scripts if there were a case for doing so. OTOH there
were so many pre-existing standards using sets of Latin characters all kinds of
things have been encoded as seperate characters in the Latin blocks which
simply wouldn't be there had Latin encoding started with a clean slate.

- Chris

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