[XeTeX] Σχετ: Re: Assignment of codes (particularly \catcode) based on Unicode data

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Thu May 7 10:34:42 CEST 2015

Apostolos Syropoulos wrote:

> The only mark that remains when making all capitals is the dieredis
> (dialytika). All other vanish. This is common knowledge for people who
> speak and write Greek.

Well, this is not the opinion of (for example) Dr Charalambos Dendrinos,
a native Greek speaker and Director of the Hellenic Institute.  This is
why I asked whether it was a universally-agreed truism or simply a
matter of opinion, and in view of the fact that both Dr Dendrinos (in
private correspondence) and Julian Bradfield (on this list) have offered
the alternative perspective to your own, it would seem to be a matter of
opinion rather than one of fact.  If you look at the opening folio of
George Etheridge's Encomium on Henry VIII, addressed to Elizabeth I :


you will see a number of Greek majuscules with either psilí or daseîa,
including the very combination under discussion (GREEK CAPITAL LETTER
EPSILON WITH PSILI, on line 2), suggesting that the combination of
breathing and majuscule was common at that time.

** Phil.

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