Re: Unicode 3.0 beta concludes

From: Daniel Yacob (
Date: Sun Aug 22 1999 - 11:26:05 EDT

> The official Unicode 3.0 beta period is now at a close.

Well then, I wish I hadn't waited so long to mention this...

I've been working on a new data file to correlate the syllabaries supported in

The file resembles ArabicShapping and Jamo files in format. A version of the
file is being used in development releases of Perl to identify syllabic orders
of a syllable as a character property. The utility of all this is:

  1) Corrective: To change the order of a syllable as one would change case
     in Roman scripts (used in Emacs 20.1+ and MULE).

  2) Linguistic: To identify and manipulate morpheme-phoneme boundaries and
     the like when appending affixes to word stems (or other affixes).

  3) Transcription: Would aid in transcribing text between syllabaries, for
     example Cree<->Cherokee, Hiragana<->Ethiopic. As well as into and out of
     Roman scripts.

A "README" file is provided in the same directory with the "Syllables.txt" file
that will cover the status of the Syllables.txt file. I hope after review and
adjustments if deemed necessary that the Unicode Consortium will find the data
file a worthy companion to the other informative character property files.


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