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Date: Sun May 22 2005 - 05:48:34 CDT

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    At 17:16 -0600 2005-05-20, John H. Jenkins wrote:

    >>Not really. We have a well-defined repertoire and all of the
    >>characters have catalogue numbers. We don't know what they *mean*
    >>but it is certainly unlikely that any one of them is a glyph
    >>variant of any other one of them.
    >The problem is that we don't know how it relates to the overall size
    >of the script. (Or so ran the rationale against encoding.) It would
    >be like encoding A through F and not knowing how many additional
    >letters to make room for.

    But we do *that* all the time. We are encoding lots of Cuneiform, but
    we know there is more. We will do a subset of Egyptian long before we
    do anything else. More Phaistos material may turn up one day. But in
    the meantime, those 45 characters (and three punctuation marks)
    exist, and are used in discussions of the script, the history of
    writing, and so on. And they can't be unified with anything else
    we've got encoded.

    See gives the
    repertoire and names.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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