From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Mar 22 2005 - 14:39:34 CST
Could you please name these characters correctly as they are in ISO 10646?
Namely: LATIN SMALL LETTER A, and LATIN SMALL LETTER ALPHA
(OK the name "alpha" is borrowed from Greek, because the italicized
"script-a" looks very much like a greek alpha, where the one-loop roman
"script-a" is more like the handwritten latin a with just one loop under the
The distinction of these letters are made in some African languages too (But
is there such distinction in uppercase form in some language using this
letter, and is there a proposal to map such letter? What is the alternate
letter form of 'A' in that case: a 'A' with some hooks on the legs or on
some side of the horizontal stroke? a double horizontal stroke? a taller
M-height one-loop "script-a"? something else?).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Everson" <email@example.com>
To: "Unicode Discussion" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 6:57 PM
Subject: Re: 'lower case a' and 'script a' in unicode
> 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 style.
> For examples see http://www.dkuug.dk/jtc1/sc2/wg2/docs/n2419.pdf
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