U+0140 (was: "Re: Public Review Issue Update")

From: Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin (antonio@tuvalkin.web.pt)
Date: Fri Mar 26 2004 - 23:09:20 EST

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    On 2004.03.26, 23:37, Rick McGowan <rick@unicode.org> wrote:

    > The Unicode Technical Committee has posted new issues for public
    > review and comment. Details are on the following web page:

    I just added the following to the On-Line Report Form:

    > U+0140 : LATIN SMALL LETTER L WITH MIDDLE DOT, approx. similar to
    > U+006C U+00B7, is said to be used for Catalan. That is not correct.
    > Catalan usual orthography uses a regular middle dot to separate two
    > "L"s in those cases where they are pronounced as a single one,
    > doubled only for etymological reasons.
    > This dot is not connected to the previous "L" in any way, as if it
    > were some kind of diacritical. It is a standalone character -- akin
    > to the hyphen in French or Portuguese.
    > This becomes evident when composing with extra-space between
    > letters: there is no "tie" between the first "L" and the dot.
    > Using this character for Catalan texts additionally causes
    > hyphenation problems.
    > The whole issue is further obnubilated by the disregard and poor
    > knowledge of Catalan at the typical Madrid-based national bodies
    > concerned, and by the fact that some dialects of Catalan do not
    > distinguish in speech the graphemes "L", "LL" and "L·L".
    > Though it was originally intended to cover Catalan, U+0140 could
    > have been used meanwhile for other orthographies — and it even may
    > have been used to set Catalan texts, however incorrectly. It should
    > therefore not be deprecated.
    > However I advise removal of the note "Catalan" under U+0140 and
    > U+013F, and perhaps replacement of the whole note with «for Catalan
    > use U+006C U+00B7» (resp. U+004C).

    No major blunder, I hope.

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