Re[2]: Berber/Tifinagh (was: Swahili & Banthu)

From: Alexander Savenkov (
Date: Mon Nov 10 2003 - 09:36:28 EST

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    2003-11-09T21:41:25Z Michael Everson <> wrote:

    > At 19:30 +0100 2003-11-09, Philippe Verdy wrote:

    >>So my question is, once again: would a font that would display pointed Latin
    >>glyphs from Tifinagh script code points really break the Unicode model?

    > Yes, Philippe. It is the same thing as mapping Cyrillic to ASCII
    > letters. It is a hack. It is to be avoided. It is the Wrong Thing To
    > Do.

    I'm not sure I'm not taking your words out of the context, Michael.
    "The Wrong Thing To Do" can be seen everywhere in the newspapers when
    the names and some other words originally written in Cyrillic and
    other scripts are letter-by-letter (mapped?) transliterated to the
    resulting script.

    I can guess you're aware of the Russian GOST (state standard) accepted
    IIRC by the ISO which maps the Russian letters to the Latin letters or
    their combinations for different scripts. It allows people to
    recognize the original name and to trace the original orthography
    back. It also lets the people without the knowledge of Cyrillic
    letters to read and write the Cyrillic names. Therefore such mapping
    isn't a hack but a Right Thing To Do.

    Best regards,

      Alexander Savenkov                     

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