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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 &yuml.
Indeed, or more accurately "&yuml;".
> 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=
> '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 --=20 John Cowan Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! / Schliess eurer Aug vor heiliger= Schau Den er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)