Re: ISO 15924: Different Arabic scripts?

From: Philippe Verdy (
Date: Fri Nov 18 2005 - 11:26:46 CST

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    From: "Doug Ewell" <>
    > This wasn't Michael's question. He asked whether Naskh and Nastaliq were
    > distinguished by having different *orthographies* -- that is, whether
    > certain words are actually spelled differently when written in these
    > Arabic-script variants, not merely whether the letterforms look different.

    There are orthographic differences between German written in Fraktur (uses e
    and no umlaut), and German in modern Latin (uses umlaut, or e sometimes in
    ASCII texts). Also the use of long s in Fraktur is frequent and it forms
    many more ligatures.

    Well Old French also uses undotted i and j for roman digits, but dotted i
    and j in late Ancial. In old Ancial, both uses were undotted (and difficult
    to read in words like "minimum" where the distinction between m, n, u and i
    is difficult to see as it only depends on the relative space of the vertical
    stems, which are irregularwhen shaped manually with a plum).

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