New Public Review Issue

From: Rick McGowan (
Date: Mon Feb 23 2004 - 18:33:48 EST

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    The Unicode Technical Committee has posted a new issue for public review
    and comment. Details are on the following web page:


    Review periods for the new item closes on June 8, 2004.

    Please see the page for links to discussion and relevant documents.
    Briefly, the new issue is:


    30 Bengali Khanda Ta (Closes 2004.06.08)

    The description of khanda ta in section 9.2 of Unicode 4.0 and in one of
    the current Indic FAQs assumed a particular understanding of expected
    behaviors rather than stating those expectations explicitly. Due to certain
    wording and an atypical use of ZERO WIDTH JOINER, some implementers have
    been misled about the behaviors related to khanda ta that were assumed.

    In the course of investigating this issue, input was received suggesting
    that the atypical use of ZERO WIDTH JOINER was problematic, and that a
    different encoded representation for khanda ta should be adopted.

    Alternate representations for khanda ta are described and evaluated in the
    review document. It is proposed that the existing representation specified
    in section 9.2 be retained, but that the description in the Standard be
    revised to remove any ambiguity and potential for misunderstanding.


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            Rick McGowan
            Unicode, Inc.

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