From: Michael Everson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Apr 30 2004 - 10:10:37 EDT
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 * * http://www.evertype.com
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