Re: What justification for separately encoding two forms of lowercase sigma

From: Apostolos Syropoulos (
Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 12:39:21 CDT

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    2009/8/23 Shriramana Sharma <>

    > 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?

    They are different characters encoding the same letter. In fact, this quite
    common in Arabic where letter have different
    forms depending on their position in a word.

    Apostolos Syropoulos
    366, 28th October Str.
    GR-671 00 Xanthi, GREECE

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