Re: Mayan, Rongo-Rongo (was Re: Etruscan)

From: Edward Cherlin (
Date: Thu Nov 06 1997 - 00:41:31 EST

At 10:11 AM -0700 11/5/97, Martin J. D|rst wrote:
>On Wed, 5 Nov 1997, Michael Everson wrote:
>> Ar 21:43 -0800 1997-11-04, scrmobh Edward Cherlin:
>> >Would anyone assert that the original order for Mayan (L-R pairs, T-B
>> >columns, L-R overall text) should be supported directly--e.g.
>> >
>> >1 2 7 8
>> >3 4 9 10
>> >5 6 11 12
>> I'm working on a proposal for Mayan based on Egyptological practices and it
>> seems that those practices will work for Mayan; they involve some line and
>> column delimiters.
>Are the line delimiters a property of the text itself? I.e. is it
>impossible to insert a single character into the text and have
>everything shift? If not, having to change all the delimiters
>in the backing store is not very nice.

Dates are inherently unshiftable, since a date is a sequence of pairs
{number, time period} where the numbers in the range 0-19 are single
glyphs, but any other text should shift on insertion or deletion.


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