Re: Devanagari

From: Mark Leisher (
Date: Wed Nov 04 1998 - 12:14:51 EST

    Thomas> In the codes from U+0900 to U+0970 I found all the devanagari
    Thomas> letters. Unfortunately, I did not find the ligatures(? = compound
    Thomas> letters) for this script. So maybe approximately 60 compound
    Thomas> letters are missing - and therefore make Unicode in regard to
    Thomas> Devanagari pretty useless (do you know ANY devanagari text not
    Thomas> using compound letters?).

    Thomas> Is it really this way that the devanagari compound letters are
    Thomas> missing here or did "I" miss something substantial? Do I have to
    Thomas> define some "characters in a user definable area" (or what was it
    Thomas> called?) just to use the script?

    Thomas> I hope anybody knows more about this,

Internally, compounds are represented like so:

  Ksha: U+0915 U+094D U+0937 (KA+VIRAMA+SSA)
  Jnya: U+091C U+094D U+091E (JA+VIRAMA+NYA)
  Tra : U+0924 U+094D U+0930 (TA+VIRAMA+RA)
  Tta : U+0924 U+094D U+0924 (TA+VIRAMA+TA)

The renderer on your system is responsible for identifying compounds and
displaying them in their full or half forms, as appropriate for the context.
Mark Leisher
Computing Research Lab Here is to a good rule of thumb:
New Mexico State University Too clever can be dumb.
Box 30001, Dept. 3CRL -- Ogden Nash
Las Cruces, NM 88003

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