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The Unicode Standard v. 5.1 has no precomposed characters with a curly bar above. The curly bar was frequently used in handwriting to distinguish the cha- racter ‘u’ from other minims, i.e. ‘i’, ‘m’‚ and especially ‘n’. The curly bar should be kept apart from the tilde, which typically is used for nasalisation. From a functional point of view, the curly bar is similar to the dot above ‘i’. The latter character was written without any distinctive mark in a great number of Medi- eval manuscripts, viz. ‘ı’, but the dot (or an accent) was increasingly used in order to distinguish ‘ı’ from other minims.


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