From: Doug Ewell (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 01:08:12 CST
"Jeroen Ruigrok/asmodai" <asmodai at in dash nomine dot org> wrote:
> IJ evolved as a ligature from ii. The j was a long drawn i to make
> sure it became more readable. I wonder where you get the idea from
> that it is NOT a ligature.
Since you insist...
The word "ligature" (from the Latin ligatus, "bound together") literally
means the glyphs are visually connected. Examples of this include the
connected appearance of the combinations fi, fl, and ff in fine
When you say IJ is a ligature, do you mean simply that the two
characters I and J constitute a single letter in the Dutch alphabet, or
do you really mean they are joined together with no visual space in
between? That is what "ligature" means.
-- Doug Ewell Fullerton, California, USA http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
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