From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Nov 09 2003 - 11:54:42 EST
From: "Michael Everson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> When we encode Tifinagh we will encode Tifinagh. We will not
> meta-encode it for ease of transliteration to other scripts.
Yes that was the intent of my suggestion, I don't say that this must be
done. But what would be wrong if a font was created for the Tifinagh script
that would display Latin-based glyphs with diacritics rather than historic
Could it help to allow exchanges between use of the historic script in
Morocco, and those that criticize Morocco and now want to support their
language with Latin-based glyphs?
Of course this would exhibit differences of orthograph in the visual
rendering between a text written in Tifinagh then displayed with Latin
glyphs, and the same text written normally with the Latin script.
But it could help exhibit these cultural differences, as well as it could
help studying the historic texts by people which are not used to read the
Tifinagh glyphs, and would greatly appreciate to be able to interpret them
with Latin glyphs but with their native orthograph (later they could laern
to read the historic glyphs of this script with exactly the same texts).
This is not really a proposal for a transliteration, as it does not want to
map Tifinagh letters with their possible Latin equivalents, taking into
account the history of this transliteration, which may have modified the
orthograph to be easier to read in the Latin script (for example if letters
have then been added or changed in the Latin script for the modern form of
This problem is similar between Latin and Cyrillic version of
Serbo-Croatian, which is still considered as a single language (even if
there are lexical preferences now between Serbian and Croatian, only Serbian
being written today with both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet).
I'm sorry if this seems stupid for you. The intent is not to deprecate the
historic script by writing it systematically (with a bijective mapping) with
Latin glyphs: such system will look possibly ugly in some cases for users
which have learned to write their language with the Latin script which
includes now its own orthograph.
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