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Re: VMs: Re: split gallows

Hi Bruce,

At 12:09 27/06/2004 -0400, you wrote:
Speaking of the split gallows with a "ch" on only one foot: has anyone advanced a theory about the combination of a gallows character with "ch" itself, that is, the intertwining of two free-standing characters? Three possibilities that come to mind off the bat are:

1. That they represent a complex character like the two-character combination characters for "tz", "ck", etc. in the Fraktur alphabet for German.

2. That, using the same logic as for the split gallows, the "cth" character represents "ch" + "t" + "ch".

3. That these characters are somehow related to "sh", i.e. "ch" with a plume. (That is, that the plain gallows characters are a more elaborate type of "plume".)

Pace Steve Ekwall, c<gallows>h could well denote a cryptographic extension to an earlier system (ie, one which used only non-struck-through gallows). So, read them instead as "a set of four extended gallows tokens".

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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