Ancient Greek apostrophe marking elision

Mark Davis ☕️ via Unicode unicode at
Mon Jan 28 02:37:54 CST 2019

It would certainly be possible (and relatively simple) to change ’ into a
word character for languages that don't use ’ for any other purpose. And if
no languages using a particular script use ’ for another purpose, then it
is particularly easy. (If you depend on language tagging, then any software
that doesn't maintain the language tagging will cause it to revert to the
default behavior.)

So does modern Greek use ’ for in trailing environments where people
wouldn't expect it to be included in word selection?


On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 8:49 AM James Tauber <jtauber at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 2:31 AM Mark Davis ☕️ <mark at> wrote:
>> But the question is how important those are in daily life. I'm not sure
>> why the double-click selection behavior is so much more of a problem for
>> Ancient Greek users than it is for the somewhat larger community of English
>> users. Word selection is not normally as important an operation as line
>> break, which does work as expected.
> Even if they don't _really_ care about word selection, there are digital
> classicists who care even less about U+2019 being the preferred character
> which makes it harder for me to make my case :-)
> What triggered the question in my original post about tailoring the Word
> Boundary Rules was the statement in TR29 "A further complication is the use
> of the same character as an apostrophe and as a quotation mark. Therefore
> leading or trailing apostrophes are best excluded from the default
> definition of a word." Because Ancient Greek does not have that ambiguity,
> there's no need for the exclusion in that case. Immediately following that
> quote is a suggestion about tailoring for French and Italian which made we
> wonder if the "right" thing to do is to tailor the WBRs for Ancient Greek.
> I know you've said here (and in your original response to me) that you
> don't think it's worth it, but is WBR tailoring (the only|the best|a)
> technically correct way to achieve with U+2019 (in Ancient Greek) what
> people are abusing U+02BC for?
> James
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