Re: Coptic abbreviations

Date: Wed Jul 06 2005 - 16:43:06 CDT

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      From: "Patrick Andries"
      the CS non ligated with a bar meaning Lord , although this is rare
      most probably because it is not very pleasing to the eye. I believe
      the ligated CS (with a bar or not, although I, like you, believe the
      absence of the bar is relatively rare) is just a more aesthetically
      pleasing form of the same abbreviation (whether flattened and ligated
      or not). Personally, this COIS is just an abbreviation using the
      abbreviating top bar as so many others abbreviations in Greek and
      Coptic. A reasonably modern engine should be able to form any of the
      styling variants of this Lord abbreviation when faced with
      C+S+contracting bar (by C+S I mean the two Coptic characters and not
      the ligated U+2CEA), the result is just a ligature.

    Again I'n not too sure I understand all the subtleties, but I would agree that U+2CEA is simply a ligature (not compulsory even to mean Lord) and its presence is very suspicious.

    But, I would like to hear what Mr. Michael Everson has to say and whether he could answer my questions on the missing bar for U+2CEA and the duplicate KHI RHO/CHI RO symbols (same meaning, same appearance, identical typographical behaviour, CHI RO not bound to a particular script).

    Ashraf Sadek

    St Elias Coptic Community

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