[Spellyans] <y Y> + diacritical
everson at evertype.com
Thu Jun 26 11:12:04 BST 2008
At 21:24 -0400 2008-06-25, stinney at sas.upenn.edu wrote:
> Y/y-acute are in ISO-8859-1 ("latin-1") at 0xdd and 0xfd, and the same in
> They are in Windows CP-1252, ISO Western 2 and
>ISO-Adobe at the same locations.
> These characters are *not* in the codepage Mac
>Roman. So, it is true that fonts which *only*
>support Mac Roman do not provide y-acute.
>But how serious is this? Are there really "TENS OF THOUSANDS" of fonts which
>support only Mac Roman?
Yes. Easy outline font design was first available on the Mac.
>And what is the relative frequency of use of
>these fonts compared to, say, the common web
>fonts or the common PDF fonts?
Display fonts (used in titling and signage and
advertising and book cover design) are very
commonly used even if many text fonts do not.
>Perhaps the occasional person will occasionally
>experience the situation that a favourite font
>does not provide y-acute, but my expectation, at
>least, would be that this would be extremely
>uncommon and should not be a deal-breaker in the
>choice between y-diaresis and y-acute.
I am by no means convinced that y-acute is
"better" than y-diaeresis in any case. I think
the dot is nicely evocative of the dot in the <i>
which will help RMC users who see <dëdh> think of
it as an [i:] sound.
Moreover, I would like to consider using the
acute as a mark of anomalous stress in
dictionaries, in preference to the middle dot
used in Nance and in Williams.
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com
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