Re: Greek tonos and oxia

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Jun 30 2004 - 13:11:42 CDT

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    Peter Kirk scripsit:

    > If you prefer to use precomposed characters (rather than separate
    > diacritics as Ken suggested) or need to do so to meet W3C
    > recommendations, you should use the ones in the Extended Greek section,
    > which allow for a distinction between acute and grave accents which is
    > important for Classical Greek.

    Many of the characters in the Extended Greek block are indeed
    essential to polytonic Greek. But the X WITH ACUTE characters there
    are exactly equivalent to the X WITH TONOS characters in the main Greek
    block, and the ones in the main Greek block are in fact preferred.

    This can be determined by looking at the normalization rules, which will
    change all X WITH ACUTE characters to the corresponding X WITH TONOS

    > You may like to look at Nick Nicholas' Greek Unicode site at
    >, which
    > discusses these issues.


    "In my last lifetime,                           John Cowan
    I believed in reincarnation;          
    in this lifetime,                     
    I don't."  --Thiagi                   

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