Re: How to write Armenian ligatures?

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Nov 23 2007 - 12:11:58 CST

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    Andreas Prilop <aprilop2007 at trashmail dot net> wrote:

    > Microsoft's font Sylfaen from Windows XP/2003 contains glyphs
    > for the Armenian ligatures U+FB13 to U+FB17.
    > What's the proper way to write/access these ligatures?
    > Should I write U+FB13 etc. directly?
    > Should I write U+0574 zero-width-joiner U+0576
    > and expect the font to substitute the ligatures?

    The common wisdom about Latin ligatures seems to be to avoid the
    presentation forms, and to insert ZWJ between the two "normal" letters
    (or do nothing and expect the software to ligate automatically, which is
    much more problematic). I would be surprised if this were any different
    for Armenian.

    If the text in question is intended only for display (i.e. converting to
    PDF, PowerPoint, etc.) and not for searching, sorting, or interchange,
    then I would probably use the presentation forms.

    Naturally, as James points out, it would be wise to make sure these
    ligatures are used in a culturally appropriate way and not just because
    they exist.

    Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14  ˆ

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