From: Alexandros Diamantidis (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jun 27 2006 - 08:52:28 CDT
While typing in some text from an old Greek dictionary, I encountered
some instances of reversed iota with tilde, used as a semi-consonant.
Yannis Haralambous had proposed small and capital reversed iota
and upsilon with tilde in section 3.2 of "Guidelines and Suggested
Amendments to the Greek Unicode Tables" presented at IUC 21 (Dublin
2002), available at:
As far as I can tell, most of the characters proposed in that paper
aren't going to be encoded, since they can be composed from normal Greek
letters and combining diacritics. One (GREEK CAPITAL LUNATE SIGMA
SYMBOL) has since been encoded. The four reversed iota and upsilon
characters don't seem to have been formally proposed by anybody.
While searching the web for any relevant info, I found the following
message by Nick Nicholas...
...and also a much more extensive discussion in his web pages here:
OK, this seems like a valid way to treat them, considering that
probably no text contains both reversed iota and normal iota with breve
below. But shouldn't Unicode make a decision somewhere to say that yes,
indeed, this is the way to treat them, or that no, distinct characters
should be encoded for this purpose? I suppose the only way for a
decision to be made is for someone to write a proposal and push it
through the appropriate channels, right?
I don't need this for something, my message was the result of idle
curiosity. But I think it would be nice for the Unicode chapter on Greek
(or maybe the FAQ list) to have a note about this (even just to tell
anybody interested that there is no conclusion yet).
Thanks for any ideas!
-- Αλέξανδρος Διαμαντίδης * firstname.lastname@example.org
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