Clarifications on L2/04-358, Gujarati fractions

Eric Muller, Adobe Systems Inc.
November 7, 2004

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Note: The intent of this document is not to support (or not) the proposal L2/04-358, it is only to provide a bit more information.

Document L2/04-358 proposes the encoding of three new characters for the Gujarati script.

Those three characters are actually fractions: PAO is a 1/4 fraction, ADDHO is a 1/2 fraction, and PONO is a 3/4 fraction.

The illustration of these characters is an advertizement for movie theaters, and the fraction characters are used to represent 15, 30, or 45 minutes after the hour; i.e. the times shown are 12:45, 3:45, 7:45 and 9:45 for the PONO example; 12:15, 3:15, 7:15 and 9:15 for the PAO examples; 3:30, 7:30 and 9:30 for the ADDHO examples.

These characters are also used to write other quantities than time.

On the model of the Latin fractions, those characters could be given the following properties:

It is unclear whether ADDHO should be given some kind of decomposition into PAO PAO or no decomposition at all, and similarly for PONO.

Document L2/04-398 also proposes these three characters (on pages 8 and 9; see also L2/04-397, page 1 for a cover letter). In that document the characters are depicted following a dotted circle, suggesting the possibility of combining characters.

It is worth noting the visual similarity between the proposed PAO character and U+0ABE GUJARATI VOWEL SIGN AA.

Document History

Author: Eric Muller

1November 7, 2004

Initial version