Medieval Unicode Font Initiative


A proposal for supplementary characters in Unicode: Medieval Nordic

 

Subrange 3: Small capitals

Small capitals have the same form as majuscules (capital letters), but are usually drawn with the same height as a minuscule (small) letter such as "x". In Medieval Nordic manuscripts, small capitals were used to denote geminates, i.e. long consonants, or they were used ornamentally. The letters "B", "D", "G", "M", "N", "R", "S" and "T" were most frequently used as geminates, while these and other letters might also be used as ornaments in the whole or in parts of highlighted words. Some of the small capitals, e.g. "O" and "C", are difficult to distinguish from minuscule letters.

Unicode 3.2 has defined nine small capitals in the IPA Extensions range, sc. "B", "G", "H", "I", "L", "N", "Œ", "R" and "Y". In a proposal for the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet, 14 more small capitals are requested, "A", "C", "D", "E", "J", "K", "M", "O", "P", "T", "U", "V", "W" and "Z". If these characters are accepted by Unicode, only a handful of small capitals remain. Of these, only small capital "S" and possibly "F" can appear as geminates. The rest, i.e. "ETH", "Q", "THORN" and "X" can only appear as small capitals in ornamental usage.

Uralic Phonetic Alphabet characters for the UCS (20.03.2002) PDF file

These character have been proposed for the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet.

 

Glyph

Entity

Unicode

Descriptive name

&ascap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL A

&cscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL C

&dscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL D

&dhscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL ETH

&escap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL E

&fscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL F

&kscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL K

&mscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL M

&oscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL O

&pscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL P

&qscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL Q

&sscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL S

&tscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL T

&thscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL THORN

&uscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL U

&vscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL V

&wscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL W

&xscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL X

&zscap;

0000

LATIN LETTER SMALL CAPITAL Z


Version 2.0, 5 February 2003 OEH