Thought this might interest people, or have some bearing on Unicode...
"Transcribing Arabic into the Roman alphabet is fraught with difficulty. And in an
age of electronic text, search engines and databases, the problem is only going to
"Besides these, there is ISO 233, DIN 31635 and even a British standard, BS 4280,
which people are actively discouraged from finding out about or using. The copyright
of BS 4280 is closely guarded by the British Standards Institute which charges £28
($39) for an eight-page booklet explaining the system."
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