Re: Fwd: Re: Samogitian E with dot above and macron

From: Arns Udovīčė (
Date: Tue Oct 26 2010 - 04:19:10 CDT

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    Thanks Otto for examples :) I use in Linux composite keys for now but
    "ė̄" not renders as "ǡ" (<composite>+<_>+<.>+<a>) and I have to use mouse
    to copy macron and put on "ė" (or <composite>+<.>+<e>). I would to study
    how to make layouts. For now I still don't find how to make this
    sequence (on Linux). On windows I know there is soft and only copy&paste
    character what I want. So, it will be easier. With mac I will have
    problems as I don't have it (windows I will emulate) but I hope I will
    find people.


    On 10/26/2010 12:10 PM, Otto Stolz wrote:
    > Hello Arns Udovīčė,
    > on 2010-10-26, you have written:
    >> This asking for new letter in Unicode was for purpose to make normal
    >> keyboard layout (even two variants) for my nation.
    > Note that the keyboard layout does _not_ depend on the availability of
    > composed letters in the target encoding (Unicode, in your case).
    > Rather, a keyboard driver can generate multiple Unicode characters for
    > a single keystroke, as well as a single or even multiple characters
    > for a sequence, or combination of keystrokes. Examples (from the
    > keyboard driver I am currently using):
    > key “E” generates single character “e”;
    > key combination “⇧”+“E” generates single character “E”;
    > key “Ü” generates single character “ü”, but could as well generate the
    > canonically equvalent sequence “ü” (U+75, U+308);
    > key combination “AltGr”-“E” generates single character “€”
    > key sequence “^” + “a” generates single character “â”, but could as well
    > generate canonically equivalent “â” (U+61, U+302 )
    > key combination and sequence “AltGr”-“´” + “C” generates single
    > character “č”, but could as well … (you get the idea)
    > A decent Unicode-capable font is supposed to render the canonically
    > equivalent character sequences indistinguishably (if it is not a
    > special font designed to reveal the exact Unicode character sequence,
    > for debugging purposes). You can use the above examples of cononically
    > equivalent sequences to test your fonts.
    > So, you could design your leyboard layout to suit best the writing-
    > habits of your community – and you will have to find a decent font
    > to display the Unicode characters (and sequences thereof), according
    > to the rules of your orthography.
    > Best wishes,
    > Otto Stolz

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