[XeTeX] Case changing for Greek

BPJ melroch at gmail.com
Thu May 7 18:29:59 CEST 2015

Den 2015-05-07 16:02, Jonathan Kew skrev:
> Would it be feasible to define this negatively instead --
> something like "a sigma is final if it is NOT followed by another
> letter"?
> A possible refinement is that a lone sigma, neither preceded nor
> followed by another letter, should probably be lowercased as σ
> rather than ς.

I have used this Perl regular expression substitution to change σ into
ς for some years, with satisfactory results so far,

     s/(?<= \p{Script=Greek} ) (?<= \pL ) σ (?! \pL | - )/ς/gx

That is: change a σ into ς if it is preceded by a Greek letter
and not followed by a letter or a hyphen. NB that this
substitution as written above only works with NFC text. For NFD
you would need to use the following, since the perl regex engine
doesn't support variable-length lookbehind:

     s/(?<= \p{Script=Greek} ) (?<= \pL ) ( \pM* ) σ (?! \pL | - 

I guess that when intersection character classes are possible one
should change the negative lookahead into "when not followed by a
Greek letter or a hyphen.

     (?! (?[ \p{Script=Greek} & \pL ]) | - )


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