From: Rick McGowan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Apr 29 2004 - 14:36:38 EDT
John Hudson wrote...
> More than once during this discussion, I've thought that something
> approaching a general
> principle might be stated as 'related dead scripts should be unified;
> their living
> descendants may be separately encoded'.
Personally I don't accept that as a general principle for several reasons.
One example: nobody has yet quite demonstrated that all the dead Brahmi
relatives, even excluding obvious near-modern scripts like Modi, are
actually completely unifiable in a way that would be implementable and
meaningful from rendering to sorting, etc, etc, and would satisfy all the
relevant scholars. However, there is a current in Brahmi scholarship that
obviously would like to unify as least *some* of the dead relatives. As
usual one question is which are to be unified, etc.
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