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Re: VMs: Re: split gallows
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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