How to kgreenlandic / kra

andreas's picture

Is it usefull to use a common small cap letter K for the glyph "kgreenlandic" (uni0138)? Due to the fact most small caps are a bit higher than the common x-high, should this K have the same x-high?

Have anyone real world examples of the usage of this glyph? Is it used on the beginnigs of words only? -

paul d hunt's picture

if i'm not mistaken, modern orthography favors the use of "q" instead of the "greenlandic k".

when making the greenlandic k, i usually use the stem of the n and the arms of the k.

John Hudson's picture

The Greenlandic kra is a lowercase letter with no uppercase form. It should conform to the proportions of the lowercase letters and be x-height tall. The serif treatment of the top of the left stem is best harmonised with that of the corresponding serif on the lowercase u (note that this is often flatter than the serif on the n to which Paul refers). The right side may be identical to that of the k, but if the latter is particularly jaunty you may want something more stable for the kra, as in Minion Pro:

The Kalaallisut orthography was reformed in the 1970s, and kra is now considered obsolete. However, it may occur in older documents whose spelling needs to be preserved when digitised, so the character remains useful. Also, it is quite easy and hence fun to make.

andreas's picture

Thank you both for your corrections.

privateortheris's picture

Thanks John - this is the truly new and really interesting thing I learned today. Chris Mitch.

hrant's picture

> if the latter is particularly jaunty you
> may want something more stable for the kra

Really? I would have thought the opposite - that it's a
great opportunity to add some flava. Like what about
that decidedly jaunty one on the Unicode site?


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