Can't it be both?  That is, a typographical practice in which the 
mystery character is conventionally used, but understood by 
compositor, printer and reader to be standing in for a small raised 

It seems to me that this is parallel to an issue that occurs with 
French.  As I recall, in French typography accents on capital letters 
are, or were, "optional" primarily because there was physically not 
room on the type to place the accent.  In both cases a typographical 
limitation is solved by some substitution in a way that becomes a 
standard practice.


At 08:40 -0400 2008-05-14, Julia Flanders wrote:
>Thanks to all for the input on this question. I'm actually less 
>concerned at the moment with how to encode it than I am with what it 
>is or how to understand its use here--that is, would it be 
>understood by the compositor/printer as standing in for a "c", or as 
>a distinct typographical practice in which this particular character 
>(a left quotation mark set low in the line) is characteristic.
>At 9:27 AM +0100 5/14/08, John Tone Young wrote:
>>In Julia's position, my instinct would be to create a new entity for
>>this character and worry about how to output it later.  Perhaps this
>>is merely dodging the question, but it does seem there are several
>>plausible accounts of what the character actually 'is' so it might be
>>wise to keep your options open.

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