From: busmanus (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jul 24 2004 - 12:51:05 CDT
Peter Kirk wrote:
> On 14/07/2004 18:40, Kenneth Whistler wrote:
>> Can you show a pre-existing ISO character encoding standard, such
>> as ISO 5429, for which there are bibliographic implementations
>> whose conversion to Unicode is blocked by an encoding distinction
>> not maintained in Unicode for these particular cases? ...
> No, but I can show a pre-existing clearly defined encoding, see
> http://wts.edu/hebrew/whmcodemanual.html dated 1982, especially point 1
> "We now distinguish holem waw (`OW') from waw followed by holem", i.e.
> Holam Male from Vav Haluma, and point 2 re the three variants of Meteg.
> Texts based on these encodings have been in the public domain and
> circulated widely since 1982, and are available from such repositories
> as CCAT and the Oxford Text Archive. Conversion of these texts to
> Unicode is blocked by the current failure of Unicode to distinguish
> Holam Male from Vav Haluma and to distinguish three poisitions of Meteg.
I am not sure about the relevance of the Meteg problem, but I do know
about a case, where different relative positions of the same
diacriticals are used for conveying a semantic distinction. In a big
reference work about verse metrics in the world's languages (Erika
Szepes - István Szerdahelyi: Verstan, published by Gondolat, Budapest,
1981), when discussing quantitative metrics, a macron above a breve is
used for denoting a neutral syllable of the metrical pattern that is
more frequently filled in by a short syllable than by a long one and
a breve above a macron is used for the reverse, i.e. the difference in
the combinations provides statistical information.
Actually, these signs are typically (although not inevitably) spacing
characters, but I don't think it makes a significant difference in this
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