From: Andrew C. West (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 07:42:07 EDT
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
http://titus.fkidg1.uni-frankfurt.de/didact/idg/toch/tochbr.htm 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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