From: E. Keown (email@example.com)
Date: Sat May 08 2004 - 15:18:06 CDT
Cher Monsieur Verdy, Michael Everson, Jony Rosenne,
Thank you Philippe for taking the time to explain. I
originally wanted to be a digital lexicographer, so I
am interested in perfect collation.
Philippe Verdy wrote:
> Unicode defines such a rule in a table of default
> collation key (known as DUCET, or "Default Unicode
And Michael Everson wrote:
> Not in the default template; we don't mix scripts.
> But Semiticists who wanted to mix the two could
I assume that Philippe's 'DUCET' and Michael Everson's
"default template" refer to the same item. And
Unicode-compliant software will support DUCET.
John Cowan wrote:
> given an alphabetized list of words, some of which
> are Phoenician (including Palaeo-Hebrew, Punic, the
> whole ball of wax) and some of which are
> Square, you won't have all the Square words in one
> section and the P. words in the other (which is what
What John Cowan is describing is what Semitists would
like, ideally. But ideally we want this type of
collation for all 70 Semitic languages (including the
~12 extinct ones) and also for Ancient Egyptian, which
is a close cousin, though not actually Semitic.
So ideal software for Semitists would collate as John
Cowan suggests and also retrieve across all 70
languages, no matter what their script(s).
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