From: John Hudson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 18 2006 - 12:17:59 CDT
> While programming a compatibility decomposition plus case folding (two
> things in one step), I noticed that
> U+0345 COMBINING GREEK YPOGEGRAMMENI
> is converted to
> U+03B9 GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA
> but that code positions like
> U+0363 COMBINING LATIN SMALL LETTER A
> is not converted to
> U+0061 LATIN SMALL LETTER A
> And some similar combining chars accordingly.
The former is a peculiarity of the Greek writing system, not a general rule for combining
letter-like marks. The ypogegrammeni is written as a full iota when it follows an
> Is there a reason for it? This would then result in some letter-like
> chars not being found when searching for them as a letter.
But they are not letters, they are combining marks that happen to be based on letters:
their function is not alphabetical. In general, you don't want them to be confuseable with
or decomposed to letter characters. The Greek ypogegrameni is an exception, and I believe
there are case roundtripping issues as a result.
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