Re: Is there any unambiguous vowel length mark code point for classicists?

From: John W Kennedy (
Date: Fri Oct 22 2010 - 19:00:56 CDT

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    On Oct 22, 2010, at 10:06 AM, Győző Dobner wrote:
    > I would like to know if there is any combining diacritical that can be added after vowel characters to denote vowel length as distinguished from syllable length (or, to use W. S. Allen's preferred term, "syllable weight") to be used with the Classical Greek and Latin languages. In case there is no standard code point for this purpose, is there any Unicode-compliant way to encode this feature that someone competent can recommend instead? I would like to know this because I have some remote plans to produce a custom font that uses glyphs for long Classical Greek (and perhaps Latin) vowels (long Alpha, Iota and Upsilon in particular) that are distinguishable both from their short counterparts and also from a possibly ambiguous corresponding vowel+macron combination, and I do not want to encode this font in a non-standard way. I would need this because a vowel+macron combination is also used sometimes to denote syllable length ("weight") in syllables where the vowel actually happens to be short.

    You could employ the macron for intrinsic vowel length and the triangular colon (U+02D0) for syllable length. I'd think most people would read that easily without even needing an explanation.

    John W Kennedy
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