Re: New contribution

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 10:10:37 EDT

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    At 22:48 -0400 2004-04-28, Mark E. Shoulson wrote:

    >The script spectrum is inarguably a continuum, and it's a matter of
    >how many snapshots or branches to encode, and which ones. And of
    >course, *who* gets to make that decision. It's something to be
    >approached with some care, but perhaps it's smarter *not* to
    >approach it with care, since a careful, detailed study involving
    >more than one single decision-maker is almost certain to produce
    >nearly endless debate and no decisions!

    We took care, and produced N2311. There is a script chart there with
    nodes. Some of those nodes might be argued about. We might look at
    more charts and revise it more. Perhaps Mark and I will have some
    time to do that when I visit him after the weekend. But when encoding
    nodes of scripts, we don't want to back-date. Samaritan will be
    encoded. It descends from what has been proposed as a unified
    Phoenician. Hebrew also descends from it, via an Aramaic stage which
    may or may not be unique enough to encode. Samarican certainly does
    not descend from Hebrew.

    >I think there probably should be more than one branch, and I can
    >certainly see no easy way to agree on how many or which.

    At least some of us have tried.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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