From: Jukka K. Korpela (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 14 2005 - 01:06:54 CDT
On Sat, 14 May 2005, Adam Twardoch wrote:
> where is the character U+01B5/01B6 (letter Z/z with stroke) used?
The code chart http://www.unicode.org/charts/PDF/U0180.pdf says:
01B6 LATIN SMALL LETTER Z WITH STROKE
= barred z, z bar
* Pan-Turkic Latin orthography
* handwritten variant of Latin "z"
--> (latin small letter z - 007A)
The page http://www.evertype.com/standards/iso10646/pdf/turkmen.pdf
contains Michael Everson's description of the Pan-Turkic alphabet.
> In Polish, a glyph like that is used as a stylistic variant/alternate
> rendition of z with dot above (U+017B/017C), but not as a separate
> character. In what context is it used as a separate character?
Apparently, it is a separate character only in historical texts written in
Pan-Turkic alphabet. I'm not sure of what we should think about the other
annotation in the code chart. To stay on the safe side, I would assume
that it is only meant to describe the shape and origin of the character.
Thus, U+01B6 is not in any way equivalent to z, or z with dot above,
or any other character. The Polish usage you describe would be described
as glyph variation. Conceivably, a normal z could also look like z with
stroke in some font, especially a font that imitates handwriting
style, though this would be unwise if the font also contained U+01B6.
-- Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
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