Re: Arabic Characters for Kurdish are missing

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu Feb 19 2004 - 08:44:25 EST

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    Ernst Tremel scripsit:
    > Hello,
    > I would like to suggest to add some - until now still - missing characters for Arabic Kurdish:

    The explicitly isolated, initial, medial, and final forms of Arabic-script
    letters are purely for backward compatibility, and should not be used
    outside that scope. Instead, the mutable letters in the U+0600 range
    should be used instead.

    > These characters are necessary to write Kurdish in Arabic script. And if
    > these characters would be added to Unicode programming would be easier.

    There is no getting away from implementing character shaping in display
    routines, but most modern operating systems already do so. Using a
    single representation for each Arabic-script letter is much better for
    all non-display purposes (searching, sorting, speech rendering, etc. etc.)

    John Cowan
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