[Spellyans] Front unrounded vowels, was: The quantity system

Owen Cook owen.e.cook at gmail.com
Mon Jun 30 16:13:37 BST 2008

I've unilaterally decided not to continue to argue in favour of
diacritics on the letter y in KS, just in the interests of not going
round in circles. I stand by that decision. However, I assume that
many on the list may be interested in fonts that support
y-circumflexes whether out of interest in Welsh or wanting to write
Jennerian or Lhuydian Cornish in their free time, or for some similar

As far as I can remember, I have never paid money for a font. Now, on
my PC I've got the following fonts that support y-circumflex:

Arial (normal, Black, Unicode MS)
Charis SIL
Comic Sans MS
Courier (normal, New)
DejaVu (Sans, Sans Condensed, Sans Light, Sans Mono, Serif, Serif Condensed)
Franklin Gothic Medium
Liberation (Mono, Sans, Serif)
Lucida (Console, Sans Unicode)
Microsoft Sans Serif
MS (Gothic, Mincho, PGothic, PMincho, UI Gothic)
Palatino Linotype
Times New Roman
Times NRC (thanks to Gendall's dictionary!)
TITUS Cyberbit Basic
Trebuchet MS

So I don't feel that I'm exactly hurting for choice. For everyday use,
Junicode, Gentium, and Liberation are fonts that I'm particularly
pleased with; you can download all of them for free. Each supports a
very wide range of characters and is up to snuff as far as Unicode is
concerned. Do have a look at those three if you're interested in being
able to see or type the accents right in a wide variety of languages.

I do sympathize with Eddie's position, however, especially for those
unique specialty fonts you sometimes want to use in titling or similar
situations. Sometimes one font seems exactly right, and you can't just
swap it for anything less.

Oll an gwelha,

2008/6/28 Eddie Climo <eddie_climo at yahoo.co.uk> rug scrifa:
> (1) I use whatever legal fonts I can get my hands on, and some older ones
> are available cheaply. Moreover, as MacOS X is agnostic on the matter, I run
> both Mac and Windows fonts.
> (2) I can't afford to buy new, Unicode-compliant replacements for all my
> favourite older fonts.
> (3) My fonts vary enormously in which of the more 'exotic' characters and
> accents they offer. It's not realistic for me to have to  inspect every
> single font before I use it to see which of the accented <y Y>s it contains.

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