From: John Cowan (
Date: Tue May 16 2000 - 15:41:39 EDT

John Hudson wrote:

> U+0055 (U), I would have thought, since this is the vowel that is descended
> directly from the Latin and which is used in most transcriptions of Latin
> texts. If you want your text to 'look' Latin -- e.g. to emulate a Roman
> inscription -- then you might use V, but your text would no longer be
> spelled correctly (does anyone have a Latin spellchecker?).

I would think a smart Latin spellchecker would accept either "vita" or "uita"
without change. I have seen Latin in books using u alone, and I have seen
it using both u and v.

> The elegant solution would be to use an OpenType font with a glyph
> substitution lookup that would 'Romanise' the rendering of your text but
> retain the correct backing string.

"Correctness" in this context is something imposed by the redactor.


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