Brahmic Unification (was Re: New contribution )

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 07:42:07 EDT

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    On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 12:35:55 -0700, Rick McGowan wrote:
    > The unified Brahmis proposal exactly proposes unification of systems with
    > vastly different rendering behavior. That's part of the controversy with it.
    > But that proposal is currently sitting on a siding waiting to be taken up
    > by the Indic list.

    Well, I'll kick things off if you like, by giving my opinion that the proposal
    attempts to over-unify a too wide range of scripts with quite different encoding
    and rendering requirements. What I would really like to see is individual
    proposals for some of the major Brahmic scripts.

    For example, the excellent description of the Tocharian script (surely the worst
    made-up name for a dead script ever) at could be the
    basis of a proposal for this important Brahmic script. There is a considerable
    body of Tocharian material, and it would be much easier to encode this material
    using a dedicated Tocharian block than using a generic Brahmic encoding model.
    It would probably take years to get any sort of consensus on a unified Bramic
    script proposal, but the issues involved with a single (and in the case of
    Tocharian fairly uniform) script could be dealt with in a relatively short
    period of time.


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