Re: Arabic swash letter Ya with dots

From: Khaled Hosny (
Date: Fri Aug 01 2008 - 12:35:46 CDT

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    On Fri, Aug 01, 2008 at 06:34:58PM +0200, Andreas Prilop wrote:
    > On Fri, 1 Aug 2008, Khaled Hosny wrote:
    > >> What's the Unicode way to write Arabic "swash letter ya"
    > >> U+06D2 - but with two dots below as U+064A ?
    > >>
    > >
    > > This is a mere stylistic variant of U+064A, unlike U+06D2 that has
    > > different semantics in Urdu.
    > > So, this is a mutter of using proper font, possibly an OpenType
    > > (or AAT) font with the needed glyph substitution rules.
    > But U+064A (with dots) and U+06CC are also "stylistic variants".
    > Yet they have two code positions in Unicode and are thus
    > regarded as two different characters.

    I tend to agree with you, there are several encoded characters in the
    Arabic block that are just glyph variants; ARSI YEH, KEHEH (farsi kaf),
    SWASH KAF, and may be others. But I think this either was influenced by
    pre Unicode encodings, or misinformation at time, any how it isn't an
    excuse to added yet another stylistic variant.


     Khaled Hosny
     Arabic localizer and member of team

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