Combining solidus above for transcription of poetic meter

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at
Fri Mar 17 14:03:12 CDT 2017

Isn't this a use case for interlinear annotations ? What is the current
status of interlinear encoding?

We were told that the encoded codepoints for these are more or less
deprecated (but in HTML there's still interlinear annotation supported by
ruby notations). In these annotations, we don't need any diacritics, we
could just use base symbols.

sans virus.

2017-03-17 18:27 GMT+01:00 Julian Bradfield <jcb+unicode at>:

> On 2017-03-17, Rebecca T <637275 at> wrote:
> > 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:
> Other way round, as you illustrate
> > 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
> It won't help to have a "combining solidus a long way above" (which is
> what you really want) unless you also have "combining breve a long way
> above".
> If you are happy to use a typographically normal combining breve for
> the unstressed syllables, you should be happy to use a typographically
> normal acute accent for the stressed syllable.
> > 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.
> If you're working in a situation where you don't have either markup
> control or the facility to use plain monospaced text, then just use
> normal breves and acutes.
> It's not clear to me that laying out aligned text (for which there are
> many other applications than scansion, e.g. interlinear translation)
> is something best achieved with combining characters!
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