First post, long time Perl user.
I've been working on a project that translates certain material in Greek to Unicode. There are some idiosyncrasies in the data that I'm trying to isolate. I've used charnames and full character names to generate Unicode, now I need to be able to go in reverse: I need to evaluate each character of a string and obtain the full Unicode name for it.
Secondly, is there a way to see if two characters match the same basic alphabetic character, disregarding any accents or other non-critical marks? For instance, I would like for the program to be able to regard
GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH OXIA
GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH VARIA
as matching each other in a loose sense, since they are both small letter alphas. I suppose if my first question is answered I could simply strip " WITH.*" and compare the character names, but I wondered if there was another way to check for loose matches.
Thanks for any help.