Final Sigma (was: RE: Esszett, Final Sigma, ZWJ and ZWNJ)

Erik van der Poel erikv at
Mon Mar 2 17:36:34 CET 2009

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 8:17 AM, JFC Morfin <jefsey at> wrote:
> 2009/3/2 Erik van der Poel <erikv at>
>> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:30 AM, JFC Morfin <jefsey at> wrote:
>> > 2009/3/1 Erik van der Poel <erikv at>
>> >> And if the French really want to distinguish ecole and Ecole, they
>> >> will not only need a different prefix, but also something other than
>> >> Punycode (as far as I can tell).
>> >
>> > really?
>> > why?
>> The current DNS does not allow and to resolve to
>> different IP addresses. So you will have to encode these somehow. This
>> means that you need a prefix. You cannot use xn-- because that is for
>> Punycode. You cannot use Punycode because it does not encode ASCII. It
>> just copies the ASCII characters directly into the output. For
>> example, français is encoded as franais-xxa. Note the directly copied
>> ASCII characters "franais". Appendix A of Punycode (RFC 3492) allows
>> you to encode upper/lower case. So you might have,
>> but this would resolve to the same IP address as
>> So you need something other than Punycode that does not copy ASCII
>> characters directly to the output.
> No. If I include bigtitles as TEMPORARY (cf. my other suggestion),
> "Français" would become "" but "français" would be
> "".

I see. Does this use an assigned Unicode code point for the big F?

Good luck with your proposal. Do other French-speakers agree with this proposal?


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