From: Peter Constable (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jun 02 2004 - 14:03:56 CDT
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Behalf Of Peter Kirk
> > "As the universal character encoding scheme, the Unicode Standard
> > also respond to scholarly needs. To preserve world cultural
> > important archaic scripts are encoded as proposals are developed."
> > (1.1.2)
> Well, the Phoenician proposal fits with the second sentence here, but
> seems to have totally ignored the first sentence: the scholarly needs
> expressed by the majority of scholars of the proposed script as
> on this list have apparently been rejected as irrelevant.
This is utterly false. It assumes a premise that is completely invalid:
that the only want to accommodate the need of Semitic scholars is to
reject a proposal for distinct encoding of PH. It has repeatedly been
stated / explained / demonstrated that distinct encoding of PH does not
imply that the needs of Semitic cannot be served.
> I am glad of
> this clear statement that the standard *must* respond to scholarly
> needs, and I trust that this imperative will be taken into account by
> the UTC in its discussions.
It most certainly will. But that necessity in no way eliminates the
possibility of encoding PH as a distinct set of characters.
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