Re: Mongolian Unicoding (was Re: Cuneiform Free Variation Selectors)

From: Asmus Freytag (
Date: Mon Jan 19 2004 - 01:15:36 EST

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    At 09:23 PM 1/18/2004, wrote:
    >Seriously, it's my understanding that implementation guidelines
    >for Mongolian script and Unicode are still being worked out.

    You are correct. A group of experts is currently working out a definite
    description of how Mongolian should work.

    All the issues have been identified so far and in most cases there's
    no serious disagreement on the goals. The story is complicated by language
    barriers, since Mongolian is used in both China and Mongolia, with the
    Unicode related experts in the West.

    The Chinese have a publication of the model that they consider the base
    for the agreement underlying the encoding that is in Unicode. A capable
    translation of this has only recently become available; it will greatly
    aid in reviewing the understanding of the non-Chinese experts and implementers.

    What's missing for Unicode is a comprehensive writeup that takes that
    document into
    account, settles some edge cases, accounts for the non-Mongolian languages
    that use the script. That is what is currently being worked on.

    Mongolian Free Variation Selectors are definitely needed. There are some
    situations where context cannot determine the correct glyph shape, but creating
    separate character codes would be an incorrect approach. It turns out that the
    majority of such situations is in un-orthodox spellings and in showing the
    shapes in isolation, which holds out the possibility that FVS are not going
    to be heavily used in actual text.


    PS: if you need more information about the status of the work on documenting
    Mongolian, pls. contact me offline.

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