Home

Contact Us

General

Initiative B@bel

WSI Guidelines

Encoding

Principles

Unicode

Training

Tutorials

PUA

Conversion

Resources

Utilities

TECkit

Maps

Resources

Input

Principles

Utilities

Tutorials

Resources

Type Design

Principles

Design Tools

Formats

Resources

Font Downloads

Gentium

Doulos

IPA

Rendering

Principles

Technologies

OpenType

Graphite

Resources

Font FAQ

Links

Glossary


WSTech: Writing Systems Technology (formerly known as NRSI)

SIL HOME | SIL SOFTWARE | SUPPORT | DONATE

You are here: Type Design
Short URL: https://scripts.sil.org/HooktopYVariants

Remove search highlight marks

Variants for Hooktop Y (U+01B3 and U+01B4)

Peter Constable, 2003-03-13

Some languages of West Africa use a hooktop y. Upper- and lower-case forms are encoded in Unicode:

  • U+01B3 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH HOOK
  • U+01B4 LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH HOOK

The following images show the typeforms that are used as representative glyphs in the Unicode code charts:

U+01B3 LATIN CAPITAL LETTER Y WITH HOOK

U+01B4 LATIN SMALL LETTER Y WITH HOOK



Now, we are aware of areas in which users like a different form for the uppercase:

Right-hook form of U+01B3



This allows the upper- and lower-case forms to match with respect to which side the hook is on:

Upper- and lower-case hooktop y with hook on the right



For instance, we have been told by staff in Burkina Faso that they prefer this alternate form for U+01B3.

This raises a question: there is another possible form for the lowercase:

Left-hook form of U+01B4



This would allow both the upper- and lower-case forms to have the hook on the left:

Upper- and lower-case hooktop y with hook on the left



The question is this: is this alternate form for the lowercase actually used anywhere?

If you have any information regarding languages or regions in which this alternate form for the lowercase hooktop y is used, please use the response mechanism (see the link below).

I've also got questions about some other characters used in Africa on a follow-up page: More Questions About African Characters and Variants. If you're interested, why not look at that page as well to see if there's any insight you can offer on those characters!