Re: Why blackletter letters?

From: Gerrit Ansmann <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:43:00 +0200

On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:35:39 +0200, Philippe Verdy <> wrote:

> We are reaching the point where disunification of the Fraktur script from the Latin script could occur (just like it occured for Coptic from Greek, or between 2 of the Georgian alphabets), and promote the ISO 15924 "Latf" script as a new distinct UCS scrip.

I do not know much about Greek, Coptic and Georgian, but this seems to me that with the same reasoning, you would have to encode Latin small caps separately just because some IPA characters (ʙʜʏʀɴɢɪ) are essentially small caps. In contrast to Greek and Coptic (as far as I understand them), changing a modern text to fraktur is only a change of the font and the youngest character which was only used in fraktur is the round r (ꝛ), which got out of use much earlier than fraktur fonts. Not to mention that even today there is a continuum of fonts between fraktur and antiqua.

Gerrit Ansmann
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