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Kent Lew

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  • Re: Dutch IJ with dots

    There are a few fonts these days that attempt to support ij with acute. These generally feature two acutes.

    There are various ways to do this. See this thread: http://typedrawers.com/discussion/1294/how-do-you-implement-ijacute-and-ijacute

  • Re: Capital Eng

    If a font does indeed provide for African languages, then I think it does makes sense to have the capital “nj” form as the default, and localize for the relevant Sami languages.

    But to adequately cover African languages, one needs several less common characters — such as ɓɗɖɲƴ, just to show a few.

    Extended Latin character sets that cover the majority of European languages will easily cover three of the four Latin-using Sami languages with the simple inclusion of ŋ. If the char set is primarily aimed at that standard target, then I think it makes sense to have the “NJ” form as the default.

    If you want to provide a capital “nj” form for those few African languages that can get by with just the ŋ and not the rest of the pan-African set, I would be more inclined to make it the alternate.
  • Re: The president of Kazakhstan (or is it Qazaqstan now?) signs the latinisation edict

    I'm just surprised that Kazakhstan is becoming Qazaqstan and not Qazaq'stan, since that seems to imply that the differentiation between "k" and "kh" is being lost.
    “Kazakhstan” is a transliteration of the Russian name for the country, Казахстан, where you find a difference between the first and fifth letters.

    But in the Қазақ language, the name of the republic is Қазақстан. And thus the transliteration to Qazaqstan, according to the newly declared orthography.
  • Re: The president of Kazakhstan (or is it Qazaqstan now?) signs the latinisation edict

    And so we go from this:


    to this:


    You’re right, Ray — all that custom work adding Ұұ to extended Cyrillic fonts is probably going to dry up over the next 8 years. ;-)

  • Re: Cyrillic lowercase shha (һ) - ascending vs non-ascending

    suggests [...] that there was no upper-case shha
    but still if it can't begin a word, distinguishability between the upper- and lower- case forms is somewhat less of a priority.
    I don’t know why on earth you jumped to that conclusion!?

    Here are just a handful of words starting with һ taken randomly from the front page of the Башҡорт wikipedia site: һаулыҡ һаҡлау һәләте һәр һәм һуңғы һуғыштың — including the very common һәр “every” and һәм “and.”