RE: Devanagari Letter Short A

From: Aparna A. Kulkarni (
Date: Thu Feb 19 2004 - 02:23:33 EST

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    The character U+0904 (DEVANAGARI LETTER SHORT A) is not a part of ISCII 91.
    Neither was it encoded in any of the earlier versions of ISCII. Hence
    according to the ISCII standard this character simply cannot be formed.

    Aparna A. Kulkarni

    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On
    Behalf Of Ernest Cline
    Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 10:59 AM
    To: Unicode List
    Subject: Devanagari Letter Short A

    I've been trying to make sense of the Indian scripts, but am
    having one small difficulty. I can't seem to find the ISCII 1991
    equivalent for U+0904 (DEVANAGARI LETTER SHORT A).

    Is this a character that is part of the set accessed by the
    extended code (xF0) or was this part of the ISCII 1988
    standard that did not survive the changes to ISCII 1991?

    Alternatively, does ISCII encode this as xA4 + xE0 as this
    would seem to generate the proper glyph even tho it
    violates the syllable grammar given in Section 8 of ISCII?

    Or even more alternatively, am I just missing something
    that should be obvious, but which for some reason I can't see?
    Even with the slight differences in the naming conventions
    between ISCII and Unicode, I don't seem to be misplacing
    any of the other vowels or consonants.

    Ernest Cline

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