Re: ligature usage - WAS: How do we find out what assigned code points aren't normally used in text?

From: Szelp A. Szabolcs <>
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:42:37 +0200

Even if Dorfladen is not ambigous, it could be disturbing (and at first
reading be understood as some obscure compound of -fladen.

Once I read a text, it used ligature (inappropriately) in the word Auflage
'obligation', which is compounded from the prefix auf- 'upon' -lage , a
nominal derivative of 'to lay'. Anyway, it's one word with its own meaning.
Because of that stupid ligature I read it twice as [ofla:Ê’], thinking it
would be a yet-unknown French loanword, before finally realising it was
simply Auflage.

That mis-placed ligature really disturbed my reading flow, even though
Auflage would not be ambiguous (like Dorfladen).


On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 08:27, Stephan Stiller <>wrote:

> But "Dorfladen" is not ambiguous. Asmus war referring to ambiguous cases
> created by the way compound words are spelled in German. For those, some
> user interaction is necessary, and it's my view that there are unobtrusive
> ways of interacting with the user about this.
> (But then it needs to be acknowledged that ambiguous cases probably exist
> or can be constructed in a lot of languages. And the frequency of such
> ambiguity occurring in actual German text isn't that high. Even more so if
> one takes into account the orthographic recommendation to use an explicit
> hyphen in ambiguous cases. But of course these cases, if they occur, need to
> be handled nevertheless.)
> Stephan
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