Re: Looking for three old characters

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 14:25:47 EDT

Patrick Andries continued:

> The editor of the this linguistic lexicon has simply
> (manually ?) reversed the capital C to make it look like an
> antisigma, has put back to back a reversed capital C and a C
> to form the « sigmas adossés » and turned upside down a
> capital F for the « digamma inversum ». There are no special
> glyphs used otherwise (and besides I don't have a scanner at
> home).
> Nick Nicholas has answered very satisfactorily as far as the
> frequency of the antisigma and the probable ones of
> Claudius' inventions.
> If I understand properly, no current characters in the
> Unicode 3.0 could legitimately be annoted as being any of
> these three characters.

Given Nick Nicholas' explanation of the antisigma, it seems
correct that no currently encoded Unicode 3.0 character could
be considered to *be* that character. We would need a reversed
form of U+03F2 GREEK LUNATE SIGMA SYMBOL to have the version
appropriate to Greek text.

However, as a Latin adaptation, you should also consider that
there already *is* a reversed Latin capital C in the encoding:

Also, there already *is* a turned Latin capital F in the encoding:
U+2132 TURNED CAPITAL F. (Unless the digamma inversum is being
represented with an *inverted* capital F, instead of a *turned*
capital F.)

Both of these character *could* be used as approximations for the
Latin adaptation as you see it in the linguistic lexicon. They
would more or less accurately represent what the editor was
doing -- though would not be appropriate for the original form
of the text.


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