From: Patrick Durusau (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 16:38:55 CDT
Peter Kirk wrote:
> On 05/06/2004 08:25, John Hudson wrote:
>> Peter Kirk wrote:
>>>> All Hudson is pointing out is that long PRIOR to Unicode, Semitic
>>>> scholars reached the conclusion all Semitic languages share the same
>>>> 22 characters. A long standing and quite useful conclusion that has
>>>> nothing at all to do with your proposal.
>>> But I dispute his last sentence. If the writing systems of these
>>> languages share the same abstract characters, they form a single
>>> script, which conflicts with the proposal to encode Phoenician as a
>>> separate script.
> So let's drop "script" for now. My basic contention is that each letter
> of the Phoenician abjad is not a separate abstract character, but that
> it and the corresponding square Hebrew letter are glyph variants of the
> same abstract characters. And this is clearly the understanding of
> Semitic scholars, as summarised by Patrick Durusau and quoted above. On
> the other hand, nearly everyone agrees that there should be a mechanism
> for distinguishing them in plain text.
The reason I pointed out that Semitic scholars had reached their view
long prior to Unicode was to point out that they were not following the
character/glyph model of the Unicode standard.
In other words, if you ask a Semitic scholar a question about
representation of Phoenician, you are most likely getting an answer
based on a criteria other than the character/glyph model of the Unicode
That in no way makes the Semitic scholar's answer wrong, in fact is it
right, for their domain. It has no relevance at all for a proposal to
encode a script based on the Unicode character/glyph model.
Hope you are having a great day!
-- Patrick Durusau Director of Research and Development Society of Biblical Literature Patrick.Durusau@sbl-site.org Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!
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