Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 10:34:57 CDT

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    Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

    > I disagree, this is not only handwriting: Sütterlin exists also as a
    > regular font. It's just that it uses a cursive (connected) style where
    > letters are normally not separated by some blank. But I have seen
    > Sütterlin printed with small blank separation between glyphs, to
    > facilitate its reading. I'm quite sure you can find books or documents
    > printed with such font style.

    I have a Sütterlin font too. They're readily available on the Web. But
    Sütterlin was specifically conceived as a cursive handwriting style, in
    an age of typeset text. (Yes, I do understand that all writing was once
    handwriting, and Arabic still is, in a sense. That's why Sütterlin
    should be and is encoded... unified with regular Latin.)

    > Handwriting is characterized by irregular glyphs for the same letters,
    > whose form highly depends on the surrounding context and the movement
    > of hand on paper, or on the current mood of the writer, or on the type
    > of pen or plum used to draw it, or on the type of surface and ink, or
    > by the intended recipient of the written text.

    Which is a really, really good reason not to attempt to encode it

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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