More about the rôle of Uniscribe (Microsoft's Unicode engine) can
be found at
A reason that Unicode text processing is considered necessary at
the OS level is that, if it were not present in the form of a
shared system, each and every program which needed to handle
Unicode text would have to contain too much duplicated information.
A Tamil pronouncing dictionary would probably be outside the
realm of Unicode to endorse or sponsor.
But, at the risk of straying off-topic, what changes are needed in
Unicode before publishing such a dictionary would be possible?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sinnathurai Srivas" <email@example.com>
To: <Peter_Constable@sil.org>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2002 3:13 AM
Subject: Re: Tamil Text Messaging in Mobile Phones
> 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
> >From: Peter_Constable@sil.org
> >To: email@example.com
> >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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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