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¡uʍop ǝpısdn ǝʇıɹʍ uɐɔ ooʇ noʎ

From:Alex Fink <000024@...>
Date:Saturday, December 6, 2008, 7:57
On Fri, 5 Dec 2008 20:01:47 -0800, Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:

>--- On Fri, 12/5/08, Herman Miller <hmiller@...> wrote: > >> From: Herman Miller <hmiller@...> > >> >> I wonder why it uses that instead of U+0253 LATIN SMALL >> LETTER B WITH HOOK (É“)? > >Clearly Unicode needs to include upside down letters, mirror image letters,
and upside down mirror image letters. Clearly they do. Upside down letters at least. I mean, didn't it always used to happen that you'd be out doing fieldwork, on a mission, what have you, and you'd need some extra distinctive letters you could produce with your trusty typewriter for some orthography you were stirring up -- and what could you do? Well, drawing things by hand is a pain, and not neat; there's overstriking, but you're up the creek if you've ever got to set overstruck characters in type; then there's using upside-down letters. And this was not an unpopular solution: the best example coming to mind is the Fraser script for Lisu which gives the impression of upside-downing every capital that didn't get out of the way fast enough. So I'd not be surprised if there was precedent for using every upside-down Roman letter for writing some language, somewhere. And I thought a certain amount of this underlay the characters chosen in the design of the IPA as well. Its roster of (nontrivial) upside-downs is a decently long one: [Q O @ J\ b_< H M r\ V W L] plus deprecated click symbols if I've not made a mistake. Alex


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>¡u?op ?p?sdn ??? ?? u?? oo? no?
Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>¡u�op �pısdn �ʇı ɹ� u�ɔ ooʇ noʎ