From: Andy White (Andy__White@btinternet.com)
Date: Wed Feb 12 2003 - 20:28:53 EST
K.G Sulochana wrote:
> It is proposed that the five pure consonants (Chillu
> characters) in Malayalam
> ( )be given separate code positions
> in Malayalam Unicode block
Who is it that is proposing that these should be separate charaters?
> In ISCII based applications,
> three keys are used to form each of these characters as shown below.
> These characters are used/occur widely in Malayalam writing
> (about 10% in normal writing). Also NUKTA (NUK) is not a
> character in the Malayalam Script and not represented in
> Malayalam Unicode.
> I would like to have expert opinion on this.
If by expert you mean a member of the Unicode consortium, then it looks
like you are not going to get one just yet :-(
Whether TUCS4.0 will say anything on the matter I just don't know.
My opinion is this: As the UCS is supposed to be modelled on ISCII, it
should encode these characters in a similar fashion. I.e. with the use
of ZWJ. ( see the example at
http://www.exnet.btinternet.co.uk/uniprop/encoding.htm#ZWJ if you are
unsure of what I mean).
I can see nothing to be gained from coding these as separate characters
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