From: Ernest Cline (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 01 2004 - 12:23:26 CST
From: C J Fynn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Peter Constable <email@example.com>
> > > Compare for instance Kannada and Telugu which share a common
> > > origin in the not so distant past - and are still very near
> > > yet are encoded in their own ranges.
> > They do have distinct behaviours and rendering requirements.
> I may be wrong but aren't the different behaviours between these two
> based on differences in the requirements of the (main) languages written
> these scripts rather than substantial differences in the scripts
> say the same Sanskrit text is written in both Telugu and Kannada scripts
> these different behaviours apply?
There is one significant difference between Kannada and Telugu that
made them ill-suited for unification, even if ISCII compatibility had not
a goal. The vowel signs II, EE, O, and OO are decomposable characters
in Kannada. They aren't decomposable in Telugu. That is a significant
difference that would have required at the very least using a different
encoding philosophy for the Indic scripts than that which was used, if
unification was to have been considered.
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