Re: Bengali: variants of same conjunct

From: Christopher John Fynn (
Date: Sun Jun 18 2000 - 06:42:09 EDT


Unless Michael Everson's idea of variant selector characters is taken up, there
is probably no way to specify this sort of thing in Unicode without the use of
additional mark-up. ATSUI and OpenType fonts can contain any number of variant
glyphs for a particular character combination, but - unless the variant to be
rendered can be determined from context - the application has to have some way
for the user to select & specify the variant they want.

- Chris

----- Original Message -----
From: Arijit Upadhyay <>
To: Unicode List <>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2000 8:54 AM
Subject: Bengali: variants of same conjunct

> Is there any way to use variants ( I call it so- meaning different looks for
> the same conjunct) of same conjunct within same conjunct within a same same
> font suitcase through unicode.

> example: In Bengali, conjunct formed by #09A8 (bengali letter na), #09AF
> (bengali letter ya) and # 09C1 (bengali vowel sign u) has two different
> looks based on the type of manuscript it is being used upon. One for modern
> manuscripts and other for older ones. Presently the only way this is typed
> is by using two differnt fonts for such characters. Now as for indic scripts
> uncode uses gpyph substitution scheme, is there any way 2-3 variants( looks)
> can be kept in same suitcase and called according to one's choice.

> Thanks

> Arijit Upadhyay

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