Re: Upper case U+0364 for U+0308

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Jan 10 2006 - 11:53:06 CST

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    Kent Karlsson wrote:

    > And I still REALLY STRONGLY dislike this too liberal interpretation of
    > glyph variability.
    > An "e" (or "E", that would be, just barely, within allowable
    > variability)
    > above (or slightly "inside") a letter be encoded as U+0364,
    > U+0308, COMBINING DIAERESIS, should always be imaged as
    > "two-dots-above-like".

    Kent, I very specifically said that the variant German umlaut form of superscript E is
    found in *display* lettering and typography, i.e. in certain styles of lettering found in
    titling, inscriptions and calligraphy. But the text is still normal German text, and in
    electronic formats should be spelled according to normal German encoding. I have seen
    display fonts in which the and are designed with small letter E within the larger
    letterform, following models found in formal German calligraphic caps. Are you saying that
    when the user switches to this font he or she should also change the encoding of the text?

    Sorry, Kent, but O and U with the small E form are long-recognised German glyph variants
    for the umlauted vowels, and you shouldn't be encoding the text using something other than
    the umlauted vowels.

    > Likewise for V and U. Or would you encode the V in that stamp sample as
    > U?
    > I do hope not.

    If I wanted the text to be searchable, spell-checkable and sortable as standard German
    text, you bet I would.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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