Re: Camion Code, new phonemic writing system

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Aug 19 1999 - 13:23:45 EDT

Ar 08:12 -0700 1999-08-19, scríobh John Jenkins:

>Unicode has, in fact, already approved two phonetic alphabets for the
>writing of English as candidates for encoding on Plane 1: the Deseret
>Alphabet and Shavian. The Deseret Alphabet is among the initial scripts
>slated for inclusion of part 2 of ISO/IEC 10646.

I don't think I was aware that Shavian had been approved. When did this
happen? In WG2 we processed Etruscan, Gothic, Deseret, Byzantine Musical
Symbols, and Western Musical Symbols.

>I don't think that there would be any objection per se to encoding the
>Camion Code in Unicode if (a) a solid proposal as to how to do it were
>available (with preferably an actual implementation behind it) and (b) one
>could show that there are already people using it or who had used it at one
>point. Formal encoding in Unicode as a means of encouraging its use would
>be inappropriate IMHO.

There's an argument about Shavian. It's famous, and is written about
frequently -- but as far as I know only one book, Androcles and the Lion,
was published in it. I know that the WG2 representative from Finland has
misgivings about this.

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