Re: Accents of the same combining class displayed side by side

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Thu Nov 06 2008 - 15:24:28 CST

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    On 11/6/2008 12:45 PM, Michael Everson wrote:
    > On 6 Nov 2008, at 19:56, Asmus Freytag wrote:
    >> Wouldn't you (and others) think that the reason that such side by
    >> side placement is common has to do with the restrictions on vertical
    >> space on the line? I think, rather than being a feature of the
    >> *notational system* it's a reflection of typographical constraint.
    >> Can you (or others) corroborate or refute this?
    > Teuthonista is just as complex and highly-developed as the Uralic
    > Phonetic Alphabet is. While UPA stacks diacritics, Teuthonista places
    > some of them side by side. Actually so does UPA. And we encoded the
    > side-by-side ones explicitly.
    >> If this is indeed primarily motivated by typographic constraint, then
    >> it would not be useful to invent a new mechanism to encode a
    >> rendering issue. Instead, the explanation about permissible
    >> typographic variation in rendering stacked accents ought to be
    >> expanded/clarified, including and explanation of when and how common
    >> such variations are employed.
    > Teuthonista stacks as well though.
    This is a confusing answer, since you give so little context/examples.

    I claim that side by side is common for tall narrow accents, but
    uncommon for flat wide ones. Is that the difference?

    > Michael Everson *

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