Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: John Hudson (
Date: Wed May 19 2004 - 22:54:16 CDT

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    Ernest Cline wrote:

    > I would be very surprised if there were such a cybercafe. One
    > that had both a Hebrew-Phoenican and a Hebrew-Hebrew font
    > with the Hebrew-Phoenician as the default would be much easier
    > to believe as a possibility. Still, it is a valid point. I think that if
    > Phoenician were to be unified with Hebrew, it would probably
    > behoove Unicode to establish variation sequences for Phoenician.

    > Even with a separate Phoenician script, it might be a good idea
    > to provide variation sequences that could be used to identify
    > different script styles such as Paleo-Hebrew and Punic
    > in the plain text.

    This is not a practical use of variation sequences if, by this, you mean use of variation
    selectors. What are you going to do, add a variation selector after every single base
    character in the text? Are you expecting fonts to support the tiny stylistic variations
    between Phoenician, Moabite, Palaeo-Hebrew, etc. -- variations that are not even cleanly
    defined by language usage -- with such sequences?

    Some people seem keen on variation selectors in the same way that others are keen on PUA:
    as a catch-all solution to non-existent problems.

    John Hudson

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