Re: PH technical issues (was RE: Why Fraktur is irrelevant

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Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 21:06:08 CDT

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    From: "Peter Constable" Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 10:58 PM

    > > Is it really in the scope of Unicode to encode such trivialities? I
    > have
    > > a key ring with my name "written" in an Egyptian hieroglyphic
    > > pseudo-alphabet. Will such abuse of Egyptian hieroglyphs have to be
    > > taken into account in the possible Unicode proposal for this script?
    > Why is that an abuse of hieroglyphs any more than Hebrew text
    > transliterated or transcribed in Latin characters, or Arabic text
    > transcribed in Hangul characters? Unicode is uninterested in what the
    > content of the text is; it encodes characters, not text. It is up to
    > users and implementers to decide what texts those characters can
    > represent.
    > So, absolutely, it is in the scope of Unicode.

    Just so Peter. These are not trivialities. Writing of 'foreign' words in the
    ancient context is not so different to the PtrKrk key ring. Modern artistic,
    creative or educational use of a script is an entirely valid consideration
    although I don't know of any instances in Hieroglyphs where this conflicts
    with a scholarly treatment except for the addtion of the <seated man/woman
    at computer> sign (for fun) in the GlyphScribe & Cleo Huggins hieroglyph
    fonts - safely ignorable by Unicode IMO but if there is user demand so be
    it.. If there were to be an Egyptian revival as with Hebrew (I'm not for an
    instant advocating the idea!) such novel characters would be essential and
    as such also a proper subject for Unicode.

    Bob Richmond
    Saqqara Technology

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