Combining solidus above for transcription of poetic meter

eduardo marin nobody_uses at
Fri Mar 17 13:46:45 CDT 2017

You would need to propose the entire set of symbols, like the caret the reverse solidus and the x above, furthermore you would need to make the solidus small so it doesn't interfere with the line of text above. So go for it.

De: Rebecca T <637275 at>
Enviado: viernes, 17 de marzo de 2017 10:53 a. m.
Para: Unicode Public
Asunto: Combining solidus above for transcription of poetic meter

When transcribing poetic meter (scansion<>), it is common to use two symbols
above the line (usually a breve [U+306  ̆] for stressed syllables and a solidus
/ slash [U+2F /] for unstressed syllables) to indicate stress patterns. Ex:

     ̆    /   ̆  /  ̆   /    ̆  /     ̆    /
    When I consider how my light is spent

    (John Milton, On His Blindness)

Other symbols used in place of the breve are a cross / x (U+D8 × or U+78 x) or
bullet (U+B7 · or U+2022 •).

This approach, however, is problematic; the lack of a combining slash above
character means that two lines of text must be used, and any non-monospaced
font (or any platform where multiple consecutive spaces are truncated into one
by default, such as HTML) makes keeping the annotations properly aligned with
the text difficult or impossible — depending on your email client, the above
example may be entirely misaligned. Being able to use combining diacritics for
scansion would make these problems obsolete and enable a semantic transcription
of meter.

Would a proposal to add a combining solidus above (and possibly a combining
reversed solidus above to support Hamer, Wright, and Trager-Smith notations) be
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