Re: polytonic Greek: diacritics above long vowels ᾱ, ῑ, ῡ

From: Stephan Stiller <>
Date: Mon, 05 Aug 2013 15:58:34 -0700

On 8/5/2013 11:26 AM, Whistler, Ken wrote:
> Inclusion of the precomposed characters now seen in the U+1FXX block was part of the price of the merger. What was included was precisely the repertoire requested by Greece, and no attempt was made to further rationalize forms including macrons for Ancient Greek.
Thanks, Ken. It's good to know that there is no other reason. Partial
credit goes to Tom Gewecke who had pointed me off-list to
and the fact that the precomposed set from ISO 10646 can be traced back

On 8/5/2013 1:25 PM, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> Classical Greek might qualify [for a CLDR entry]
Yes or no, and I have in fact no(t yet an) opinion on the necessity
thereof – it's a different question from the one to what extent D
matters for A /if/ A had an entry, but I think we're on the same page at
this point:

On 8/5/2013 1:25 PM, Richard Wordingham wrote:
> However, if vowels with macrons had made it into D, then one would expect them in A.
Yep, I agree. A loose analogy and one sensible view (which is in fact
compatible with yours) is that it's imaginable for say a lexicographer
for English to have some version of Cyrillic letters available for
typesetting but defensible for him to not have/use stress marks, whereas
any Cyrillic typesetting engine within a Cyrillic locale should be able
to provide them. This made-up example is imperfect, but it might help
someone understand the thread. That said, I have not yet formed an
opinion on whether a font intended for a Modern Greek locale should be
able to render ᾱ, ῑ, ῡ with additional diacritics. (One intended for
Ancient Greek should, I think.)

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