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Re: Accents

From:Lars Henrik Mathiesen <thorinn@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 9, 2002, 12:28
> Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2002 00:45:22 -0000 > From: jogloran <exponent@...> > > << > My theory is that this use of the # sign is derived from the L B BAR > SYMBOL at U-2114, or a script version of it. Older Danish cookbooks > (and my grandmother's handwritten recipes) use a symbol for a pound > that looks like a script lowercase u with the right tail going back > across the legs --- that would be an intermediate stage. > >> > > Interesting theory, but where would the other bar come from? > Incidentally, the symbol that I think you're describing is the > ligature {is} in my conscript.
The lower horizontal stroke is the connection between the script (lower case) l and b, the upper one is the bar. (The vertical strokes are the stems of the l and the b, of course). In the Danish version, the drawing direction would be: left stem, connection, right stem, bowl of the b, upper bar (drawn right to left). For the US version, try drawing two (connected) longhand l's and put a bar over the upper stems. I'm sure you'll see what I mean. (This is perhaps more likely to develop if the bar was a separate stroke, and the bowl of the b just got lost). Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <thorinn@...> (Humour NOT marked)