From: Kenneth Whistler (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 03 2008 - 15:04:28 CST
> The thing is clearly a capital letter, being based on a capital G.
It is no such thing. It is based on a fusion of the capital G
and the lowercase j, as everybody else has pointed out already.
> don't believe it is caseless, or lower-case, despite its use in
> phonetic text.
And I concur with Peter, Asmus and others, disagreeing with you.
> The small script g is in my view its natural
> lower-case pair;
That is more than just wrong -- it would create implementation
issues because the small script g has a compatibility
decomposition, undergoes changes in NFKC and NFKD normalization
forms, and is part of the paradigmatic set of math
alphanumeric symbols, which already *HAS* an uppercase
script G, U+1D4A2 MATHEMATICAL SCRIPT CAPITAL G, -- which
is clearly *NOT* the French-in-German-GEEGAW we are talking
> Andreas' small-caps G-with-j-and-dot-above is a far
> worse and unnecessary invention.
Well, I do agree that we don't need to go there, either.
The simplest and safest way to handle this is to treat it
as another one-off symbol that saw some minor usage in
a limited set of German dictionaries, and to treat it
in Unicode as a letterlike symbol, comparable to several
other "ligated" letter-letter combinations that got
into the standard for non-orthographic, special uses:
2104;CENTRE LINE SYMBOL;So;0;ON;;;;;N;C L SYMBOL;;;;
2114;L B BAR SYMBOL;So;0;ON;;;;;N;;;;;
and so on.
This should be encoded simply as:
XXXX;G J SYMBOL;So;0;ON;;;;;N;;;;;
and be done with it.
Note that the dictionary in question itself treats this
as other than a Latin letter:
"Französische Laute ... werden durch lateinische Buchstaben
oder besondere Zeichen erläutert (...)."
And in the context, it is quite clear that the "besondere
Zeichen" in question consist of the GEEGAW symbol and the
subscripted tildes to represent nasalization of vowels.
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