From: Thomas Chan (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 18 2002 - 13:11:25 EST
On Wed, 18 Dec 2002, Marco Cimarosti wrote:
> Andrew C. West wrote:
> > If anyone thinks that a mapping table would be
> > useful as a weapon in the fight against the Chinese proposal,
> > I would be happy to provide one.
> Do you have the relevant data? As I said, so far I found little or nothing
> about "BrdaRten" or about the "Founders System" mentioned by Ken Whistler.
Previously, Ken Whistler said:
One additional detail for people. The BrdaRten stacks are currently
implemented, in the Founders System software in Tibet, as an extension
to GB 2312.
This sounds like they might have been implemented as a vendor extension in
the private/end-user area of GB 2312, if it is anything like how
as-yet-unencoded Han characters are treated. If so, then one'd probably
need access to a font itself to see. Looking at Founder's site, I found
this, a bunch of Tibetan fonts they make:
In the body text, they describe Tibetan as 600+ (pre-composed) characters,
and 4,400+ if Sanskrit is included. But next to each font, it says 4000+
for the first one (Tibetan and Sanskrit), 2000+ for the second one
(Tibetan and Sanskrit), and for the last three, 800+ (Tibetan). WG2 N2558
only proposes 956 pre-composed, so I'm not sure what these
different numbers mean, except that counts sometimes cavalierly include
irrelevant stuff like punctuation and symbols to pad the number.
But so far I haven't seen anything strongly linking Founder to WG2 N2558,
except that the latter mentions Founder as an *example* of a precomposed
Tibetan implementation (2). We don't necessarily want to be making
vendor/legacy/font-based to unicode mapping tables for every potential
vendor, do we?
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