Michael Forgey asked:
> I've received a copy of what I think is the latest proposal for Burmese,
> "PDAM for ISO/IEC 10646-1: 1993/Amd. 26: 1998 (E)"; and, am wondering why
> it no longer follows the same encoding "pattern" as the other south Asian
> scripts which include virama. I know that an earlier proposal for Burmese
> did follow that pattern.
The PDAM has been superseded by the FPDAM text, which is being
pulled together even as I speak. The FPDAM should be available
on the SC2 document site within days.
But to answer your question, the Burmese script encoding (now known
as "Myanmar" at the express request of the Myanmar delegation to
WG2), follows the order it does because that is a well-established,
standard order for Myanmar, preferred in Myanmar.
You will find the same thing true for the Khmer and Sinhala encodings,
which also depart in detail from the ISCII order used for the Indian
scripts, even though they all follow the generic Brahmi script order:
KA GA NGA CA JA NYA TTA DDA NNA TA DA NA, etc.
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