From: arno (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 10:35:12 CST
Andreas Prilop wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Dec 2007, Khaled Hosny wrote:
>> Even the retroflex ya' (yeh barre) is a variation of the regular ya'
>> used by calligraphers on artistic basis with no different semantics
>> (I don't know if it has adifferent meaning than regular ya' in Urdu).
> U+06D2 means final "e" or final "ai" in Urdu:
thanks for the information
It is one of many reasons that I doubt that there can be meanigful
description of what John calls "the script tradition" that can be at
odds with a "Unicode typesetting model".
There are serval letters used in Pakistan like teh with two vertical
dots above (u+067A), beh with two vertical dots below (u+067B) or heh
doachashmee (u+06BE) -- in arabic these are just glyph variants of beh
and heh. For good Arabic typesetting one must find a way to use the
glyphs of exotic letters as presentation forms of standard Arabic letters.
For example we have u+069B "seen with three dots below" with some
meaning in an African language (???), but in Arabic it is one of four
ways to write a normal seen with the added "meaning" "not sheen" --
these alternative glyphs were originally used only in partially dotted
text, where the author only dots when he suspects some confusion. But
later these "seen-not-sheen" glyphs were used as
calligraphic/typographic alternatives (to make use of Johns distinction
between typographic and orthographic).
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