Re: infinite combinations, was Re: Nicest UTF

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Sun Dec 12 2004 - 13:47:56 CST

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    On 11/12/2004 16:53, Peter R. Mueller-Roemer wrote:

    > ...
    > For a fixed length of combining character sequence (base + 3 combining
    > marks is the most I have seen graphically distinguishable) the
    > repertore is still finite.

    In Hebrew it is actually possible to have up to 9 combining marks with a
    single base character:

    shin + sin/shin dot + dagesh + rafe + 2 vowel points + 2 accents + dot
    above + masora circle

    SBL Hebrew and Ezra SIL both make a valiant attempt to display this lot
    but don't quite get there:


    But I think 5 is the maximum number which actually occur with any one
    base character in the Hebrew Bible.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)

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