Re: TERMS: going dotty, twice over (was: TERMS: Umlaut-Ablaut)
|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Monday, November 15, 1999, 21:49|
Raymond Brown wrote:
> And I suppose =FF is ÿ.
Indeed, or more accurately "ÿ".
> I can only suppose that those who coined the HTML terms were monoglot
> anglophones who hadn't a clue about umlaut or diaeresis.
Improbable. The terms are standard SGML (HTML's enclosing framework,
as it were) which is an ISO standard. Perhaps they were motivated
by a greater recognizability of "uml" over "dia" or the like.
> A neat system would be to call the two dots 'trema' and confine the ter=ms
> 'umlaut' & 'di(a)eresis' to the two different usages of the trema.
Unicode uses "diaeresis" throughout, except that precomposed=20
Greek letters have names like "iota with dialytika". However, "diaeresis=
is the term used for the mark as such, even in Greek-script contexts.
Similar treatment is given to "tonos"/"oxia", "varia", and "perispomeni"
in the names of precomposed Greek letters, whereas "acute", "grave", and
"circumflex" are the terms used in all other contexts. =20
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