Unicode 11 Georgian uppercase vs. fonts

Richard Wordingham via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Thu Jul 26 14:46:52 CDT 2018

On Thu, 26 Jul 2018 23:27:08 +0400
Alexey Ostrovsky via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org> wrote:

> Before answering, we must mention the caseless nature of the Georgian
> script. It "capital" letters do not exists as letters, they are letter
> variants used exactly the same way as the Latin title case. Therefore,
> Georgian "uppercase" = Georgian title case = Georgian "capital
> letters" in Unicode 11, it is far from Latin uppercase by its
> behavior and its features. Here are some examples for Georgian (I use
> English, but semantics and casing mean to reflect Georgian) to
> understand where we are: -- "mr. john smith" is unconditionally OK;
> -- "MR JOHN SMITH" or "mr JOHN SMITH" can be OK or wrong depending on
> situation, usually it is OK;
> -- "Mr John Smith" is unconditionally wrong (except some marginal
> cases, similar to English "mR jOHN sMITH").
> Therefore, easiest answer is (b): leave it "minuscule", as it is an
> excellent and fully readable default solution. An answer to (a) is
> not that easy, as it depends on designer's mood etc. I would say the
> designer has to have an option to control it (say, through
> "important" CSS option), and the default behavior must to be to
> ignore uppercase transformations for Georgian. (If one accepts it by
> default, there are cases like [<span class="x">m</span>r  <span
> class="x">j</span>ohn <span class="x">s</span>mith]).  

>From what you say, the new letter characters don't sound like title
case letters. Title case is what one uses when words normally start with
a capital and continue in small letters, but some letters act like
ligatures of two letters and the appropriate form for an initial letter
is like a ligature of a capital letter and a small letter.


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