WSTech: Writing Systems Technology (formerly known as NRSI)
Variants for Hooktop Y (U+01B3 and U+01B4)
Some languages of West Africa use a hooktop y. Upper- and lower-case forms are encoded in Unicode:
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!