Combining solidus above for transcription of poetic meter

From: Rebecca T <>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:53:43 -0400

When transcribing poetic meter (scansion
<>), it is common to use two symbols
above the line (usually a breve [U+306 ̆] for stressed syllables and a
/ slash [U+2F /] for unstressed syllables) to indicate stress patterns. Ex:

     ̆ / ̆ / ̆ / ̆ / ̆ /
    When I consider how my light is spent

    (John Milton, On His Blindness)

Other symbols used in place of the breve are a cross / x (U+D8 × or U+78 x)
bullet (U+B7 · or U+2022 •).

This approach, however, is problematic; the lack of a combining slash above
character means that two lines of text must be used, and any non-monospaced
font (or any platform where multiple consecutive spaces are truncated into
by default, such as HTML) makes keeping the annotations properly aligned
the text difficult or impossible — depending on your email client, the above
example may be entirely misaligned. Being able to use combining diacritics
scansion would make these problems obsolete and enable a semantic
of meter.

Would a proposal to add a combining solidus above (and possibly a combining
reversed solidus above to support Hamer, Wright, and Trager-Smith
notations) be
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