Malayalam fractions

From: N. Ganesan (
Date: Fri Aug 26 2005 - 21:42:05 CDT

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    Malayalam fractions

    This is a note about encoding *only* 3
    Malayalam fractions (1/4, 1/2, 3/4) in
    U+0D73, U+0D74, U+075 locations.
    These are just a small subset of the
    available fractions in Malayalam
    (and Tamil).

    Since they are not used in printing of
    modern Malayalam script, it will be better
    to encode them in a different block
    other than the current Malayalam block.

    That choice of a different block for
    fractions will be useful for both Tamil
    and Malayalam because the number of
    available fractions exceed the number of spots
    available in the Malayalam (and Tamil) code charts.
    Hope this request will be given due consideration.
    Moreover, for long more than a century, they are
    not used in printed books in real examples.
    So, why fill up with an incomplete set of fractions?

    So, these essentially unused and obscure
    fractions' symbols - most of them can be encoded in a different
    block. That way, most of fractions in Malayalam
    and Tamil will get encoded.

    We can write a proposal to have most of all the fractions
    of Malayalam and Tamil rather than just a few.
    These two language glyphs are generally close to each other.

    Naga Ganesan

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