From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Mar 22 2005 - 11:57:08 CST
At 12:54 +1100 2005-03-22, Alec Coupe wrote:
>I would like to know why 'lower case a' is converted to 'script a'
>when it is italicized in unicode.
Because that is the usual behaviour of the letter "a".
In Uralic linguistics, both a and script-a are used. In addition,
they commonly represent Uralic phonetic texts in italics. This is
instructive. The italic shape of a is a sloped script-a as you have
observed, and the italic shape of script-a is similar to that of an
italic Greek alpha. So it *is* possible to distinguish them in italic
For examples see http://www.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n2419.pdf
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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