Re: Tamil Collation vs Transliteration/Transcription Enc Version2

From: James Kass (
Date: Sun Jun 26 2005 - 23:51:04 CDT

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    Sinnathurai Srivas wrote,

    > with the annotation "Indic transliteration".
    > please send a pointer to the above

    In the text descriptions of the characters, there are several which
    are annotated as being for Indic transcription.

    So, some of these characters were added to the Latin script ranges
    even though they serve no other purpose than to transcribe Indic
    languages/scripts. Perhaps as many as 95% of the people using
    Latin-based writing systems would never need these transcription
    characters, but they must be a part of the Universal Character Set
    in order for the character set to be useful to Indologists and other
    scholars. Minority needs must be met in order for the character
    set to be universal.

    Note also that if these transcription characters were being proposed
    now, they would be rejected because they would already be
    representable in Unicode using combining diacritics.

    Best regards,

    James Kass

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