Re: Tamil Text Messaging in Mobile Phones

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Tue Jul 30 2002 - 06:13:58 EDT

OS and Uniscribe. This still requires discussion.

OS should not be allowed to make Language a static thing of the past.
At present the OS asumes that it understands the Grammar and prevents
modifications and some times make mistakes in Grammar too.

"OS should not deal with Grammar" This should be made policy for all
languages concerned. Grammar on how to write, spelling ristrictions, and
similar impediments should not be built into OS.
I guess collation need to be part of OS. I do not have a view on hoe
collation should be treated. May be some experts on this topic shed some

Proposing changes to Unicode:
A Typical scenario.
I need to publish a "Pronouciation Dictionary" dictionary. There is a small
number of people using this Dictionary at present, which I made using 8bit
encoding. There are no dictionaries that can be refered for learning
pronounciation. The major Institutions does not see a need for Tamil
Pronounciation dictionary yet. But as the migration of people has become so
significant, this need have become intense. But, in countries where Tamil is
used in regular basis ther is no need. They know what they are reading. But
Tamil diaspora in theire millions scattered all over the world is in dire

Would it be the duty of Unicode Consortium to lend a hand (be it
experimental) or should this be approved by major Institutions.

Sinnathurai Srivas

>Subject: Re: Tamil Text Messaging in Mobile Phones
>Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 14:23:06 -0500
>On 07/29/2002 10:41:47 AM "Doug Ewell" wrote:
> >I do want to emphasize, in parting, that you will need to ensure your
> >reform is successful (i.e. has been officially approved by governmental
> >or scholarly bodies, or has at least achieved some popular usage)
> >*before* proposing changes to Unicode.
>And possibly also before requesting changes in related technologies that
>would be affected (e.g. Uniscribe or other OT-related rendering engines).
>- Peter
>Peter Constable
>Non-Roman Script Initiative, SIL International
>7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75236, USA
>Tel: +1 972 708 7485
>E-mail: <>

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