latin equivalent to specific indian characters

From: Rene Hache (
Date: Fri Dec 03 2004 - 17:18:07 CST

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    To whom it may concern,

    I writing because I would to know if someone can help with certain
    Sanskrit/Pali characters in roman scripts. This to clarify how to be proceed in
    setting up a Sanskrit/Pali -- English dictionary.

    Most characters are simple, like vowels with macrons, or some letters that have
    either a dot below or above. The characters that are confusing are the ones
    with aspirated stops, namely the following: kh, gh, ch, th, th with dot below,
    dh, dh with dot below, ph and bh. For example, if I understand correctly, in
    the word dharma, the letters "dha" actually represent one character. Is their a
    unicode equivalent to "dha"?

    The reason I ask is that this would dramatically simplify the sorting of words
    in the Pali/Sanskrit alphabetical order if each "letter" in Pali/Sanskrit was
    represented by one unicode character.

    I hope this makes sense, as I am new to unicode and linguistics.

    Thank you,
    Rene Hache

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