Re: Malayalam Zero - an error

From: N. Ganesan (
Date: Thu Apr 07 2005 - 18:22:56 CST

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    Let us look at the fraction (1/2) given wrongly as Zero (0)
    in the Malayalam codechart. The shape (0D66) has close relationship
    with Tamil fraction for 1/2 which itself is related to 2 (Tamil 2,
    or even to Hindu numeral, 2. (Hindu numerals are called Arabic numerals
    in Europe because they got it from Arabs, but their ultimate source is India).

    Malayalam glyph for 1/2 (wrongly given as zero (0) in the codechart) is just
    the inverted sign of Telugu 2 (0C68) or Kannada 2 (0CE8).

    The sigma (small_case letter) like symbol in 0D66 is 1/2, evidently
    connecetd to number 2, and not to Zero (0)

    The zero glyph in Malayalam codechart needs to be replaced with proper zero (0),
    just as zero (0) has been given recently for Tamil in Unicode. i also
    contributed in the Zero
    proposal work in INFITT unicode wg.

    N. Ganesan

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