Re: Bangla(Bengali) letter Missing

From: Abdul Malik (
Date: Sat Jul 29 2000 - 22:51:06 EDT

> > My question is, should speakers of Bangla be restricted to be able to
> > only the common forms, or should there be a way for us to produce both
> forms
> > shown? Or perhaps do you expect us (Bangladeshis) to use the assami Va?
> In the grammar book by Munir chowdhury, Mofazzal Haider Ch. and Ibrahim
> Khalil (Text book for S.S.C), vba is omitted from the bangla character
> It is confusing for common people. So I think the decision is wise.
> Regards,
> Zia

Okay, I think by this you mean that for bangla (language) only the common
forms should be displayed?

If that is so, it only leaves the problem of how to display Unicode encoded
text, where the language is not known. I mean should 'da virama ba' be
displayed as 'dba' or 'dva'? A bangladeshi would expect 'dva' (the common
form) but an assamiya reader would expect 'dba' or 'da virama ba' to be
displayed ('dva' being displayed only for da virama va)

Hmm. I think then, that the default behaviour of an application should be to
render the common forms, and only display the other forms, or with a visible
virama, when the language is known not to be bangla. (But I'm biased, I
doubt that someone from assam would agree with that.)

(Another solution would be to insist that assami writers always insert a
ZWNJ / ZWJ before their Ba's so that we don't confuse them with Va's ;-))

That only leaves the problem of how to deal with Assamiya text quoted within
Bangla text.
Oh well, I think i'll leave that for another day.

In any case, I think distinguishing between Ba and Va is only going to be a
problem in rare circumstances.

Best regards


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