Re: Ligatures and Decompositions

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Sat Aug 15 2009 - 10:31:05 CDT

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    On 8/14/2009 9:45 AM, Michael Everson wrote:
    > They're not decomposable nor meant to be.
    For decomposition to make sense a character needs to be either
    equivalent to or in some ways a variant of its decomposition.

    A more helpful answer to Andrew's would have provided some detail, for
    example it might have provided an explanation why the AA ligature is
    unrelated to the sequence <A, A>. As it is, the naive expectation would
    be that the new AA characters is perhaps used for a long A sound or to
    transcribe some manuscript usage, leaving the suspicion that <A, A>
    might be a valid fallback. Since the question has been raised,
    explaining the reasoning for at least one of the examples will put it to
    rest more assuredly than stating, in effect, "things are the way they
    are", which is a rather unhelpful approach.


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