Re: Phoenician

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri May 07 2004 - 18:03:42 CDT

At 14:20 -0700 2004-05-07, E. Keown wrote:

>So could you do this with all Semitic/Afroasiatic
>languages which have something like alef and beth? Is
>there a numeric limit? Or if the Egyptian
>biconsonantal etc. stuff is harder to process, is that
>a limitation?

It would be a very complicated tailoring, but it would in principle
be possible to interfile Egyptian, Phoenician, Hebrew, Arabic, and
Syriac text. Whether such an ordered list would be useful (in terms
of actually being able to read the list) is another question entirely.

On an earlier version of the Mac OS there was a Latinoelliniki
ordering which interfiled Latin and Greek as is (apparently)
sometimes done in Greece. That too would be a tailoring of the
default table.

Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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