Re: unicode Digest V12 #108

From: Asmus Freytag <>
Date: Tue, 05 Jul 2011 23:25:38 -0700

On 7/3/2011 6:31 AM, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> Regarfing the previous comment about the Danish "aa",

Sorry, most of that discussion missed the mark.

"Modern" Danish can have "AA" for two reasons. Accidental occurrence, as
in "dataanalyse" which is composed of two words which just happens to
put two "A" together. The other is frozen spellings for names and the
like. In the former case, you can never use "å", in the latter case, you
may not want to.

In the former case, you do not want to sort "AA" as if it was "å", in
the latter case, you do.

None of that has anything to do with ASCII - it's a question of
orthographic practices, not of legacy encoding.

Because accidental digraphs (in Danish) happen at word boundaries in a
compound, the SHY is an elegant way to mark them.

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