Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 16:24:49 CDT

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    At 13:54 -0700 2004-05-19, E. Keown wrote:

    >I include below the response of Prof. Stephen A. Kaufman, one of the
    >world's most famous Aramaists, to the Everson Phoenician proposal:

    I had seen his contribution already.

    > > Anyone who thinks there has to be a separate
    >> encoding for Phoenician either does not understand
    >> Unicode or (and probably "and") does not understand
    > > what a glyph is.

    I am not in the least bit chastened or chagrined by this.

    > > There are already encodings
    > > suitable for all varieties of Northwest Semitic
    >> scripts. One can legitimately argue, as some have,
    >> that there are still some problems with the Hebrew
    >> and Syriac encodings, but not that we need anything
    >> more for the other NW Semitic languages other than
    > > some nice FONTS!

    Which would not address the plain-text requirement to distinguish the
    scripts qua scripts.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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