9550Re: [GTh] Coptic Keyboarding
- Sep 1 10:15 PMRick wrote:
> If I'm not mistaken Mike, all the CS fonts are legacy,non-Unicode.
bag> Maybe I missed something though, or maybe you want to just
No, it's not that. Although the CS fonts themselves are legacy fonts,> this whole Unicode thing.
they all adhere to the Coptic Fonts Standard for mapping the Coptic
letters onto a QWERTY keyboard. There's no reason why this same
mapping can't be done onto a Coptic Unicode keyboard, for use with
a Unicode font. This would enable those who were familiar with the
specific keying required for a CS font (ti as ']', e.g.) to type exactly the
same way when using a Unicode font. The advantage for us non-CS
users is that the Coptic Fonts Standard (CFS) uses non-alpha keyboard
keys for some letters ('[', ']', e.g.) thus (by increasing the number of
basic keys used from 26 to 31) making it possible to avoid both (1)putting two different Coptic letters on some of the keys (Askeland)and (2) using special keys for some letters (Mastronarde).
I have, however, somewhat cooled to this idea as I've looked more into
the Coptic Fonts Standard. Much of the reason for that is that I had
hoped to use the shifted-alpha keys as Mastronarde does, namely as
overstroked versions of the same letters assigned to the unshifted alpha
keys. But I see that the CFS uses the shifted-alpha keys for larger
versions of the same letters, while the over-stroke is on the '=' key. Thiswould prevent my proposed keyboard from being fully CFS-compliant.
I've uploaded the character-mapping specs for CFS here:
... which came in the "Download for Windows" file from here:
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