Re: OT: Devanagari question

From: James E. Agenbroad (
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 13:00:44 EST

On Tue, 14 Nov 2000, D.V. Henkel-Wallace wrote:

> At 06:30 2000-11-14 -0800, Marco Cimarosti wrote:
> >But my point was: not even Mr. Ethnologue himself knows exactly *which*
> >combinations are meaningful, in all orthographic system. And, clearly, no
> >one can figure out which combinations may become meaningful in the *future*
> >-- e.g. when a previously unwritten language gets its orthography, or when
> >the spelling of an already written language gets changed.
> Sadly, it seems unlikely that any furture change or adoption of orthography
> will use characters not already supported by the then major computer
> systems. In fact the trend seems to be the other way, viz Spain's changing
> of its collation rules.
> For a minority language (which all remaining unwritten languages are) the
> pressure will be strong to use existing combinations (since they won't
> constitute a large enough community for people to write special rendering
> support).
                                              Tuesday, November 14, 2000
I wonder if we could change the subject line to "Rendering Uncommon
Diacritic Combinations" or somethng similar since Devanagari is no longer
the topic?

          Jim Agenbroad ( )
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