From: David Starner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 08:08:04 CDT
On Sun, Aug 23, 2009 at 4:34 AM, Shriramana Sharma<email@example.com> wrote:
> Correct me if I am wrong, but the single Greek letter sigma is said to have
> two different forms, one in word-final and other in other places. These are
> encoded in Unicode as 03C2 and 03C1 respectively.
> Now are these two symbols not just two different ways of writing the same
> character? If yes, how can they be separately encoded? Is it only to keep
> compatibility with some earlier standard? Or can these two actually be
> considered as two different characters?
Greek is a simple script. You have a choice of duplicating one
character, like has always been done for Greek keyboards, or you can
force all the Greek users to learn how to use characters like ZWJ--in
fact forcing them to think in Unicode terms--so one character can be
saved and the encoding is arguably theoretically a bit cleaner. It's
not worth the trade-off.
-- Kie ekzistas vivo, ekzistas espero.
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