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Hi Everyone,

I think you mean "combination characters" when you are talking about
"superscript characters" (a with macron on top is a "combination
character" in the unicode standard.)  Adding things to Unicode (6.1
just came out last week) is a very arduous process.  I would recommend
against it.

My preferred solution to this is to put - and ~ in superscript
position if at all possible.  In Latex you can do this with
"co\textsuperscript{\~}" and "ra\textsuperscript{-}", which is what I
have done in the past.

I hope this helps.


On 05/02/12 18:57, Dennis King wrote:
> Unicode provides for a wide range of superscripts in the Latin
> character set, marks such as macron, acute, grave, tilde, and so on
> that can be place over vowels and consonants.  I'm wondering if
> there is any enthusiasm for adding two very common suspension
> strokes to the repertory: the straight horizontal stroke and the
> wavy stroke.
> Most common notae can be transliterated unambiguously into a
> normal charachter string. That is, the 'a' with a crossed tail
> represents "ar" very consistently.  The two suspension strokes I
> just mentioned, however, are less straightforward.  The straight
> one frequently stands for "-n" and the wavy one for "-m", but this
> is not guaranteed.
> We have a fairly good work-around on the list, using these symbols:
> - and ~ following the letter.
> The word "comram" , when written with wavy strokes over the vowels,
> can be accurately transliterated thus:
> co~ra~
> The straight suspension stroke over a vowel can be shown with the
> hyphen:
> di-  (= didiu)
> da- (= dano).
> We do have the superscript macron, but it is already used by
> editors to indicate a long vowel which is not marked in the MS
> text:
> ōc (= "young", where the text has unaccented "oc")
> So we can't use the macron for the suspension stroke.  I suppose,
> on the other hand, we could write co~ra~ as cõrã.  I've just never
> seen it done.
> It might be nice, however, to have dedicated symbols for both of
> these scribal signs.  So, as I wondered above, is there any
> enthusiasm for getting them into Unicode?
> Dennis
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