Standaridized variation sequences for the Desert alphabet?

Michael Everson everson at
Sun Mar 26 08:06:41 CDT 2017

On 25 Mar 2017, at 22:15, David Starner <prosfilaes at> wrote:
> And I'd argue that a good theoretical model of the Latin script makes ä, ꞛ and aͤ the same character, distinguished only by the font. 

Fortunately for the users of our standard, we don’t do this. 

> This is complicated by combining characters mostly identified by glyph, and the fact that while ä and aͤ may be the same character across time, there are people wanting to distinguish them in the same text today, and in both cases the theoretical falls to the practical. In this case, there are no combining character issues and there's nobody needing to use the two forms in the same text. 

I’m fairly sure that a person citing a medieval document using aͤ may very well also need to write this alongside Swedish or German using ä. 

Michael Everson

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