Re: [ATypI] IJ

From: Patrick Andries (
Date: Mon Apr 04 2005 - 06:25:17 CST

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    John Hudson a écrit :

    > Thomas Milo wrote:
    >> Unfortunately, the Unicode Consortium, by rejecting IJ/ij as a
    >> character and
    >> deferring its correct handling to other, obviously incompetent
    >> bodies, it
    >> threw out the baby with the bathwater
    > But IJ/ij *are* characters in Unicode. They have codepoints. They are
    > part of the standard. When you use these characters in e-mail, Thomas,
    > they show up fine in my Unicode-savvy mail program. As far as I can
    > tell, Unicode have done their bit.

    I imagine Thomas may be alluding to the fact that the ij/IJ digraphs are
    compatibility characters and will not be preserved after some

    > But these characters don't seem to be in use by many Dutch people.
    > Several Dutch typographers to whom I've mentioned the IJ/ij characters
    > in Unicode have simply told me 'Oh, we don't use those. We just use
    > the I and J characters.'

    Which with modern font technologies like OpenType should make little
    difference (the ij and Ij/IJ will be substituted by a ligature if need
    be). Or does Thomas see a problem ?

    P. A.

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