Re: Decomposition vs Full decomposition?

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Fri Mar 18 2005 - 17:43:22 CST

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    On 16/03/2005 15:37, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:

    > ...
    > The situation you point out reminds me of Ladusaw & Pullam's "heng"
    > character, which has no serious meaning or use, but is listed mainly
    > to give the "hooktop heng" letter, ɧ U+0267 LATIN SMALL LETTER HENG
    > WITH HOOK, a name. Apparently the same logic is being applied by
    > Unicode, since U+0267, by its name, would appear to be a letter Heng
    > with a hook, but nowhere do we find a letter Heng.
    Actually, Mark and others, the Heng without a hook was used in a Latin
    script orthography for Judeo-Tat of Azerbaijan and southern Russia, and
    now of Israel, which was used in the 1920's and 1930's (as mentioned in
    and revived in the 1990's. In fact it may be a variant form of LATIN
    SMALL LETTER H WITH DESCENDER which is I understand being proposed
    because of its use in the Uighur Latin alphabet. I cannot find proper
    evidence of the use of heng, to determine whether it is a separate
    character or a variant shape of h with descender.

    Peter Kirk (personal) (work)
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