Is there any unambiguous vowel length mark code point for classicists?

From: Győző Dobner (
Date: Fri Oct 22 2010 - 09:06:53 CDT

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    Greetings To All List Members,

         I would like to know if there is any combining diacritical that can be
    added after vowel characters to denote vowel length as distinguished from
    syllable length (or, to use W. S. Allen's preferred term, "syllable weight")
    to be used with the Classical Greek and Latin languages. In case there is no
    standard code point for this purpose, is there any Unicode-compliant way to
    encode this feature that someone competent can recommend instead? I would
    like to know this because I have some remote plans to produce a custom font
    that uses glyphs for long Classical Greek (and perhaps Latin) vowels (long
    Alpha, Iota and Upsilon in particular) that are distinguishable both from
    their short counterparts and also from a possibly ambiguous corresponding
    vowel+macron combination, and I do not want to encode this font in a
    non-standard way. I would need this because a vowel+macron combination is
    also used sometimes to denote syllable length ("weight") in syllables where
    the vowel actually happens to be short.

    Best Regards,

    Gy. Dobner

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