Re: Dutch IJ & the austrian stamp's encoding

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Thu Jan 19 2006 - 01:08:12 CST

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    "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

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