From: Khaled Hosny (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Aug 01 2008 - 12:35:46 CDT
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 ?
> >> http://www.alquds.co.uk/alquds.gif
> > 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 Arabeyes.org team
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