Re: How to write Armenian ligatures?

From: James Kass (thunder-bird@earthlink.net)
Date: Fri Nov 23 2007 - 11:05:24 CST

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    Andreas Prilop wrote,

    > Microsoft's font Sylfaen from Windows XP/2003 contains glyphs
    > for the Armenian ligatures U+FB13 to U+FB17.
    > What's the proper way to write/access these ligatures?
    > Should I write U+FB13 etc. directly?
    > Should I write U+0574 zero-width-joiner U+0576
    > and expect the font to substitute the ligatures?

    Quoting Hrant H. Papazian's response to Curtis Clark from this archive:
    https://listserv.heanet.ie/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0209&L=typo-l&P=11591 

    >> The only Armenian ligatures that I know of are the five
    >> in the alphabetic presentation forms Unicode block.
    >> Are they mandatory or stylistic?
    >
    >None are mandatory, and frankly some of those five are
    >pointless - where they came from, I have no idea. Even
    >in Armenian manusctipts you don't see a lot of ligation,
    >although you do see forms modified to fit better, and
    >abbreviations too.

    Since the ligatures aren't mandatory, inserting ZWJ seems the
    best option to request ligature formation without resorting to
    direct use of the presentation forms.

    I had made OpenType look-ups for these using the "dlig"
    (discretionary ligature) feature. I'll have to try the ZWJ.

    Best regards,

    James Kass



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