From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Aug 08 2010 - 12:46:53 CDT
On 8 Aug 2010, at 17:56, António MARTINS-Tuválkin wrote:
> On 2010.08.06, 10:06, Michael Everson <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Recently I wrote a proposal to encode TOP HALF SECTION SIGN. See
> It is, as usual, very interesting to read on its own — once more, thank
> you, Michael!
You're very welcome. It's nice to know that people enjoy what one has written.
>>> “Palaeotype”, a pre-IPA phonetic alphabet used by Alexander Ellis in
>>> his massive and classic four-volume work on early English
>>> pronunciation, published in 1869. The TURNED COMMA indicates
>>> nasalization, so (in modern IPA) a⸲ means [ã]. Palaeotype also uses
>>> the punctuation marks , (COMMA) and ,, (two COMMAs side by side) and .
>>> (FULL STOP) and ., (FULL STOP and COMMA) and ; (SEMICOLON) for various
>>> purposes. It is not proposed to re-encode all of these as modiﬁer
> Why not? It is not that there’s not already a large group of “duplicated”
> modifier letters that were historically hacked as such from punctuation
> marks, and that is a good thing. We all know why is good to have U+02BC
> separated from U+2019, or U+02CD from U+005F, and a bunch of others: Word
> count, insertion point movement, etc.
Because I knew I could get the two characters I needed that way without a fight. Palaeotype is interesting and important, but it's not really "processed" in the same way that other things are. So accepting that it just uses punctuation in a particular way seems just fine to me.
There are some other peculiar features of Palaeotype however which I will look into in due course.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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