Richard Wordingham recently said:

> A bar through <b>, <d> or <p> is an abbreviation for vowel + r. I
> don't know how late it survived - I've seen <p> with a bar in a 17th
> century English document for the 'par' of 'parte'. There's a
> similar abbreviation for 'pro', distinct from the abbreviation
> for 'per' and 'par'. I've not noticed any Unicode encodings for
> these, unless for example we're to equate the English barred <d>
> with the Vietnamese barred <d>.

See MUFI for some private use area proposals for abbreviation characters. (A
web search for MUFI and SEI should find it.) You may also come across an e
with a long tail at the end of words. This is normally short for "es" in
English (also "is" in Latin).


Tim Partridge. Any opinions expressed are mine only and not those of my employer