From: Keyur Shroff (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 29 2003 - 06:42:30 EST
There are few discrepancies in Indic FAQ. Though it was reported earlier by
Andy White, I see they still have place there in the FAQ. I also clarified
it but by mistake I sent the mail to Yahoo groups where this mailing list
is archived and hence my mail never reached to this mailing list. You can
refer to the link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/unicode/message/16352
The following are the suggestions.
In the FAQ
it is mentioned that
Halant + Halant Halant + ZWJ
produce similar result. This is wrong. In ISCII, Halant+Halant is known as
explicit halant and its Unicode equivalent sequence is Halant+ZWNJ. So ZWJ
should be replaced by ZWNJ.
In the FAQ
It is mentioned that following are equivalent
KA halant INV KA virama ZWJ
RA halant INV RAsup (i.e., repha)
In fact there is no way in Unicode to produce RAsup directly, i.e., without
using base consonant. The sequence "RA virama ZWJ" will actually produce
half-RA (or eyelash-RA) which is used commonly in Marathi. eyelash-RA can
also be produced with the sequence "RA Halant Nukta" sequence both in ISCII
(known as soft halant) and Unicode (just for conformance with ISCII).
Also, in the same answer the following sequence is recommended.
INV halant RA SPACE virama RA (RAsub)
Use of SPACE character as consonant may create problem for state machine
which finds language/syllable boundary. In fact we need a codepoint for one
invisible consonant (similar to INV in ISCII) in Unicode which can solve
this problem with Unicode.
After inclusion of INV character the following can be recommended.
KA halant INV KA virama INV
RA halant INV RA virama INV (i.e., repha)
INV halant RA INV virama RA (RAsub)
The INV character in Unicode can also be used for displaying dependent
vowel matras without dotted circle.
INV Vowel sign O
INV Vowel sign AI
etc. This can replace existing definition of "SPACE" as invisible consonant
depending on the context.
Any other pointers!!?
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