Re: AW: Ligatures fi and ffi

From: Jon Hanna (
Date: Wed Jun 01 2005 - 12:19:27 CDT

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    Hans Aberg wrote:
    > Suppose that we today started afresh, defining a universal character set
    > with the intent to enable semantically correct electronic writing of
    > natural languages. The ligatures would not be needed to be added at all,
    > as long as there are simple rules for computing which ligatures or other
    > renderings to use, because it would be much better to let the computer
    > program to compute the correct rendering.

    Yes, and vending machines would never be out of change, and it would
    always be sunny on Easter Monday so we could all put on our fancy
    bonnets and enjoy the races. Alas we do not live in a perfect world and
    legacy stuff has to be dealt with.

    You are correct that a Year Zero Unicode would not have the need for
    such characters though.

    Jon Hanna
    "…if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's probably not a 
    ConceptualWork about a duck." - Mark Baker

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