Date: Thu Apr 03 2008 - 04:32:28 CST
02.04.08, 18:45, "Michael Everson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> They are encoded separately because they are different glyph elements
> in Cyrillic. If it really is the case that a new letter is being used
> in Abkhaz, then a new letter should be encoded.
Encoding a new letter takes about 2 years! In 2 years the sphere of use of Unicode fonts in Abkhazia will by much wider and shifting to a new code for PE WITH DESCENDER will be painful.
In Abkhaz middle hooks and descenders are glyph variations (hooks are historic, descenders are modern).
GE WITH DESCENDER/MIDDLE HOOK is/was used in Abkhaz for [ɣ]. DESCENDER is used in Yupik and MIDDLE HOOK is used in Yakut.
KA WITH DESCENDER/HOOK is/was used in Abkhaz for [k]. DESCENDER is used in Tajik and HOOK is used in Khanty, Chukchi.
TE WITH DESCENDER/MIDDLE HOOK is/was used in Abkhaz for [t]. MIDDLE HOOK was used in Chuvash.
The case with PE WITH DESCENDER/MIDDLE HOOK is unique because it is/was used only in Abkhaz for [p].
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