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

From: Karl Pentzlin (
Date: Tue Sep 08 2009 - 07:05:48 CDT

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    Am Dienstag, 8. September 2009 um 13:47 schrieb verdy_p:

    v> "André Szabolcs Szelp" wrote:
    >> Actuall, _long_s_ has been used not only contextually, but also
    >> orthographically versus _short_s_.
    >> Mediaeval and Early Modern orthographies of Slovene use the distinction to
    >> mark the difference between IPA [s] and [z].
    >> While the algorithmically indeterminable way of using long vs. short s in
    >> many instances over its use in Latin paleography and typesetting might be
    >> and was indeed one argument for encoding them separately, this
    >> abovementioned example is a definite instance of separate characterhood.

    v> Are you sure that this usage was with the long s ? ...

    Independently of this, there are Caucasian languages (at least Udi)
    which used the long s as a different letter (when using the Latin script in
    the 1920/1030s), They even developed an uppercase form of it.

    - Karl Pentzlin

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