Rendering Isolated Syriac characters

From: Timothy Partridge (
Date: Tue May 16 2000 - 15:36:14 EDT

According to page 203 of Unicode 3.0 each Syriac character (apart from
alaph) is represented by up to four possible contextual glyph forms.

Is this correct? According to The World's Writing Systems (Daniels and Bright),
page 506, kaph, mim, nun in the Eastern style have a different glyph shape
when they are entirely isolated from other letters, e.g. when identifying
parts of a list in the style
they take on an isolated form that is distinct from the nominal (or unconnected)
form that results from being the final letter following a right joining letter.

The isolated form looks the same as the sequences kaph kaph, mim mim, and
nun nun respectively.

Could the Syriac experts comment on this?


Tim Partridge. Any opinions expressed are mine only and not those of my employer

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