[Spellyans] Front unrounded vowels, was: The quantity system
everson at evertype.com
Wed Jun 25 12:57:50 BST 2008
At 11:26 +0000 2008-06-25, Jon Mills wrote:
>Why can't Macs read and write diacritics (other than diaresis) above <y>?
Because Mac Roman, which is implemented in tens of thousands of fonts
which we cannot change, only contains y-diaeresis.
Similarly, the Windows 1252 code page, also implemented in tens of
thousands of fonts which we cannot change, only contains y-diaeresis
>I would have thought in this day of Unicode fonts .... If what you
>say is true, then it seems to me a good reason for using a PC.
It's not a few large Unicode fonts I am worried about. We have
inherited twenty years of legacy fonts which simply do not have
y-grave and y-circumflex. I don't want to see KS orthography attacked
because we choose letters which will be MISSING from fonts. I don't
want to see users who are OK with diacritics put off of KS
orthography because we chose letters which are not in their favourite
The only safe letter is y-diaeresis. There is no better choice. The
other choices are worse.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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