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Re: TECH (?) question: diacritics

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Monday, November 5, 2007, 10:51
Unicode was designed to be round-trip compatible with every extant
national/language-specific character set.  Which means that every
precomposed character that existed in any such character set was
included in Unicode.

That was, in fact, the only reason for including *any* precomposed
characters. The combining characters are more in the Unicode spirit.

On 11/5/07, Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> wrote:
> On 11/5/07, Michael Poxon <mike@...> wrote: > > I'm pretty sure there are no a's with double acute in Hungarian, though it > > does have both o and u with double acute. > > And more's the pity; I could have used a with double acute recently to > go with o and u. > > > On 11/4/07, ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...> wrote: > > 3. failing that, is there a precomposed char. for _a_ plus double acute, > or > > some way to do it (in typing, again)? I thought Hungarian used this, but > in > > my Thryomanes font I find only a with double _grave_, whch I could be > > pressed into service. In fact, why not use the grave for stress, instead > of > > acute?? 6 of one........ > > IIRC, the vowels with double grave come from Croatian, where they're > occasionally used to mark stress or pitch or something in poetry > analysis -- presumably more or less the way that breve and macron are > used in English. > > I'm a bit surprised they made it into Unicode as precomposed > characters; after all, I doubt that vowels with breves and macrons > would have made it in solely on the basis of their use in English, > which seems pretty marginal to me. > > Cheers, > -- > Philip Newton <philip.newton@...> >
-- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>