Re: How is the glottal stop used in some languages?

From: Bob Hallissy (
Date: Wed May 09 2007 - 06:27:08 CDT

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    Arne Gtje wrote on 09/05/2007 02:32:52:

    > All of the Aboriginal languages in Taiwan use the glottal stop, often
    > displayed as apostrophe (').
    > I saw, that Unicode includes a separate codepoint (U+02BC) for this
    > However, standard US keyboards will send U+0027 to applications when you
    > hit the apostrophe key and not U+02BC.
    > This can be confusing to the user, because both glyphs look alike and
    > the technical difference might not always be clear to everyone (I
    > suppose it won't be clear to most users, in fact).

    There are many cases where Unicode characters look the same as each other
    and might thus be confused. Appropriate keyboard design can help users
    select the correct character.

    > Is it appropriate to just use U+0027 as glottal stop character as part
    > of the alphabet (and therefor in the Locale collation)?

    Probably not. In addition to suggestions that have already been made, be
    aware that Unicode 5.1 should have two new characters that may be exactly
    what you are looking for. For more information, please see the characters
    named "saltillo" in


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