Latin Letters Capital and Small Theta

Marcel Schneider charupdate at
Thu Jun 16 05:42:47 CDT 2016

On Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:59:30 -0700, Asmus Freytag (c) wrote:
> Just a note: for any living(!) language, it is important that Unicode not mix 
> scripts, but instead *disunify characters based on script.* The reason for that 
> is that in important implementations, such as URLs (domain names) there are 
> restrictions that prevent script-mixing in a single label.

On Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:41:18 +0200, Frédéric Grosshans wrote:
> Le 12/06/2016 02:20, Doug Ewell a écrit :
>> Marcel Schneider wrote:
>>> While some characters were retained, others were rejected, among which
>>> the Latin Theta pair, but no mention is found of this rejection in the
>>> Non-Approval Notices.
>> Lots of characters in proposals are rejected without rising to the
>> level of explicit disapproval: "Look, we said NO, and don't ask us
>> again." The Non-Approval Notices page starts with an extensive
>> description of the difference.
>> At the same time, note that a few proposals, such as LATIN CAPITAL
>> LETTER SHARP S, have risen phoenix-like from the ranks of
>> non-approvaldom to become genuine encoded characters.
> And, if I I remember correctly, to proposal for the Latin letter theta
> yet has given example of the current usage of ttheta in latin
> orthography, like in Rromani
> (,
> ). I guess a proposal based on the Rromani orthography, (and with input
> for the user community, of course!) would easily be accepted. 

On Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:52:14 +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:
> With Rromany (which has multiple orthographies in multiple scripts), the
> problem is that there's no formal standard and the rromany communities
> around countries have adapted their orthography with usages found in other
> ntational languages. There's no real academy and in fact the language is
> very fragmented, and its tradition is fact more oral than written There are
> authors of written texts but each one has adopted a convention more or less
> based on the standard orthography of another language where they live. […]
> There's actually no stable translitterators because there are competing
> orthographies depending on authors, and no formal agreements between
> authors and no academic institution which is widely recognized […]
> It's normal for Unicode to accept the existence of Latin orthographies that
> will use the Theta letter as a normal dual cased letter if we can
> demonstrate that authors need it and publications were easily made and
> relatively easy to find. Those publicatiosn are part of our wold cultures
> and needs to be preserved and correctly represented, even if we don't have
> any formal academy. It is even more important than encoding many new emojis
> for fun (that are recent inventions but don't have the same level of
> historic background).
> Being able to write all languages even if their historic tradition is oral,
> is an important and respectable goal, notably when these are living
> languages with a large speaking community. It's not something new: various
> native African languages have also adopted IPA symbols in their Latin
> orthography, and wanted to have dual case. So now we also have dual-cased
> Latin letters Alpha, Epsilon, Open O... It does not matter if IPA only
> needs lowercase, but it has become a strong common base used for
> orthographies of languages with oral traditions, and natural for them to
> expand the IPA set with capital letters for the Latin script (and another
> proof that IPA is not a separate script but a subset of the Latin script).

Thanks to all who responded in this thread. The challenge as I see it now 
is to spread the word and motivate persons who are in touch with the 
Rromani Standard Alphabet user communities, and are thus in a position 
to write up the proposal for Latin Letters Capital and Small Theta.

As of the subsequent font issue, I believe that it will be settled quickly 
by adding the new code points and duplicating the already existing glyphs of 



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