Re: Discrimination for or against Devanagari?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Jan 09 1997 - 14:04:15 EST

At 11:46 -0800 1997-01-09, unicode@Unicode.ORG wrote:
>As the Unicode Standard clearly states, the preferred encoding
>of Arabic does not use the encoded Arabic ligatures from
>U+FB50..U+FDFF--and in fact their inclusion in the standard has
>only made full support of Arabic more complicated, rather than

As a font implementor all I can say is that the Arabic ligatures are
annoying. I don't need them in my monowidth Arabic fonts (which are, it is
true, strange for Arabic). But I have to provide them in some fashion if I
want to support 10646 completely.

At the same time, presentation forms are necessary, and could or should (as
I said earlier today) be encoded in Plane 17 or something to give font
implementors consistent character-glyph vectors.

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