Re: Medievalist ligature character in the PUA

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Dec 15 2009 - 08:31:53 CST

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    On 15 Dec 2009, at 13:28, Doug Ewell wrote:

    > Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven <asmodai at in dash nomine dot org>
    > wrote:
    >> Actually ij is unbreakable from a language point of view. You cannot
    >> hyphenate any words using it like blijdschap into bli-jdschap.
    > I'm not sure this particular argument proves what you want it to
    > prove. In English you cannot insert a hyphen between the T and H in
    > "bother," or between the S and H in "fishing." But that says
    > nothing about whether the two characters are considered a single
    > letter in English, or whether they should or must be written as a
    > ligature. Your other arguments are more convincing.

    Casing behaviour of ij Is also different from that of ij. IJ would be
    IJ, never, ever Ij. In crosswords, ij fills a single box; the same
    cannot be said of English th or sh.

    Michael Everson *

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