Re: Fraktur yet again (was: Re: Response to Everson Phoenician and why June 7?)

From: Dean Snyder (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 13:56:55 CDT

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    Michael Everson wrote at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 25, 2004:

    >It is arguable that Swedish, Bokmål, Nynorsk, and
    >Danish are dialects of the same mutually
    >intelligible Scandinavian language. Yet they each
    >have their own formal orthographies and are, in a
    >sense "encoded".
    >In the same way, even if Phoenician and Hebrew
    >are *diascripts of an underlying 22-letter
    >Semitic script, that doesn't mean that they
    >should not be encoded.

    To be analogous to the Phoenican/Hebrew situation, wouldn't Danish "A"
    have to be encoded separately from Swedish "A".

    Maybe I'm wrong in being flabbergasted by this co-mingling of the
    concepts of orthographies and encodings as being somehow equivalent, but
    I'll let the Unicode experts clarify this.


    Dean A. Snyder

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