Re: The Geejay

From: David Starner (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2008 - 17:37:40 CST

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    On Jan 4, 2008 5:53 PM, Dominikus Scherkl <> wrote:
    > Yes, I would agree.
    > Wouldn't it a better idea to use the modern IPA charakters which
    > represent the described sounds, and use a specialized font in which
    > those IPA characters have the glyphs used to present the historic book?

    There is no necessarily a direct match between the characters of the
    phonetic alphabet and of the IPA, and it may be outright impossible if
    some of the characters in the ASCII range have to be remapped; j and c
    are notorious for being used in a wide variety of different ways. It's
    also an interpretation that may mislead readers; if you're wrong in
    your match, or if the dictionary uses a broader or narrower
    interpretation of its symbol, the IPA won't read like the original

    A specialized font can only be used in a document for distribution in
    certain circumstances. PDF does it well, but most other formats will
    do awkwardly if at all. What's worse, many tools that work on the text
    will display in other fonts; it will be exceedingly confusing to try a
    search on a text when the underlying text is only distantly related to
    the displayed text, and any cut and paste will likely revert back to
    the plain text.

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