From: Apostolos Syropoulos (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Sep 19 2010 - 15:12:54 CDT
2010/9/19 Philippe Verdy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Message du 19/09/10 20:35
> > De : "Apostolos Syropoulos" <email@example.com>
> > A : "Unicode Mailing List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> > Objet : Re: Missing old Greek ligature/letter "omicron+upsilon above"
> > 2010/9/19 Philippe Verdy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > > Clearly there does seem to be missing a Greek letter, which should
> > > behave exactly like the Latin letter. I can't say
> > > if this is a contamination of the Greek script by the Latin script
> > > (the book itself is in French), or if finally the
> > > ligature was also used in Greek books. I think that such famous
> > > authors were knowing Greek enough to have seen the
> > > ligature used in pure Greek alone.
> > >
> > All I can tell that ου is a diphthong and since it is very common people
> > have been using the form you are mentioning. The following shows that
> > it was something used in Greek text alone:
> > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greek_print_1566_Aristotle.png
> Ok but I'm concerned by the fact that the existing Latin 'ou'
> ligature/letter U+0222/U+0223 cannot be used safely for Greek:
> - it has the wrong script property
That is correct.
> - when combined with a Greek circumflex (canonically equivalent with
> the latin tilde), this circumflex won't be able to adopt the curved
> circumflex form (inversed breve) that is also commonly found in many
> Greek font styles and handwritten Greek styles, but normally NOT
> suitable for the tilde over a Latin letter) ;
Well some years ago, me and a friend of mine created a font that based on
original printing of the Philokalia books. The font is freely available from
http://openfontlibrary.org/files/asyropoulos/244 Now the original text
all sorts of accented ου letters/ligatures.
> - it won't combine correctly with Greek spirits
No it does.
> - there's a difference between the diphtong "omicron+upsilon" and the
> pair of Greek vowels (that's why I think it's not really a ligature
Sorry but I do not understand what you mean here.
-- Apostolos Syropoulos Xanthi, GREECE
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