Re: Tamil 0B83: Tamil Aytham and Devanagari VisargaL

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Fri Apr 01 2005 - 16:56:31 CST

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    Name. Once a character is encoded, its character name will not be changed.

    The character names are used to distinguish between characters, and do not
    always express the full meaning of each character. They are designed to be
    used programmatically, and thus must be stable.

    In some cases the original name chosen to represent the character is
    inaccurate in one way or another. Any such inaccuracies are dealt with by
    adding annotations to the character name list (which is printed in the
    Unicode Standard and provided in a machine-readable format), or by adding
    descriptive text to the standard.


    My interpretation of the above from extracted from UC's site.

    This UC rules caals for "describe exzactly what the error was and describe
    how it was wrong, describe what is the correct form, etcc. This rule does
    not indicate one can leave the erronous information quietly and secretlty.
    On the contrary it calls for exact, technical, truthfull decription of what
    the problem is and how it is now resolved.)

    Sinnathurai srivas

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "James Kass" <>
    To: "Unicode Mailing List" <>
    Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 6:09 AM
    Subject: Re: Tamil 0B83: Tamil Aytham and Devanagari VisargaL

    > Here's a link offering some official detail about the policy:
    > In the past, people have made some forceful arguments against
    > this policy on this e-mail list, but the responses indicate that
    > this policy is not likely to be changed.
    > As Doug Ewell has pointed out, there was surely no intention
    > of insult with regards to the Unicode name of the Tamil Aytham.
    > Since the character has been part of Unicode since version 1.0, it
    > seems likely that the name was simply carried over from an
    > earlier standard, perhaps the ISCII standard.
    > The Unicode name serves as a unique identifier of a character. These
    > names may be right, they may be wrong, they may be misspelled,
    > but, (smile) at least they are unique! No other character will have
    > the same name string.
    > Best regards,
    > James Kass

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