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John Savard

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  • Re: Early forms of Cyrillic Р/р

    I would not wish the Russian people to have suffered after the fall of the Soviet Union as the German people suffered after the fall of the Third Reich. But it is no more admissible for Russians to harbor illusions about the Soviet Union or romanticize it, or support any military adventures by their nation in defiance of the world's democracies, than it would be for Germans to behave similarly.

    Yeltsin pointed Russia in the direction that made Russia a force for world peace and world freedom; that is not a disaster. Had he similar successors, the deaths of so many innocent people in Georgia and the Ukraine would not have happened.

    And, as to Japan, the discrimination suffered by the people there of Korean descent is a problem. Not a lack of national pride by the Japanese, who, astonishingly, enjoy a higher per capita income than, say, the people of South Korea and the Philippines.
  • Re: Council for German Orthography officially allows use of u+1E9E

    Here is another illustration of the sort of thing I propose:


    For the upper case, SS and SZ, as ligatures or even as logograms, like the Dutch IJ. For the lower case, the Antiqua ſs and ſz or ſʒ ligatures, basically the ancestor of the Sulzbach form and the Fraktur form... so that not only is there a form for the uppercase eszett, but as well the issue created by applying the Heyes s-rule to Antiqua faces instead of Fraktur faces of having the letter s three times in a row is solved.





  • Re: Units per em

    Given that 18 units per em was good enough for Monotype, on the one hand no doubt 1000 units per em is enough, but on the other hand, a number of units that is a multiple of 18 would provide compatibility.
  • Re: Optical correction in Arabic monoline


    That is not how cognitive scientists now believe that we read.
    That may be. But my argument is that even if bouma played a significant role in reading, there could be reasons for difficulty in reading the Arabic script.

    Obviously, the individual letters must be important; if one takes a sample of English text, and blurs it so that only the bouma is visible, it becomes unreadable. But it's also true that lower-case reads better than upper-case, despite the latter being more legible, which would seem to indicate bouma is significant.

    The question of how much significance is properly allocated to bouma is a complicated and difficult one, and I only have a very limited acquaintance with the facts involved; thus, I felt unprepared to wade into a debate with Hrant over that issue.