From: James Kass (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Nov 23 2007 - 11:05:24 CST
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:
>> 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
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.
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