From: Peter Constable (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 06 2005 - 13:50:51 CDT
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Eric Muller
> If that picture is correct, then we really have two orthographies that
> use two different sets of conjuncts (one smaller than the other),
Even apart from the question of how /i/ is positioned, there are
multiple conventions for what Devanagari conjuncts are used. For
instance, there are conjuncts that were typically used in Sanskrit
manuscripts, dictionaries, grammars etc. that modern Hindi speakers very
much prefer not to use. And it's not even clear to me if Hindi speakers
in all locations have the same preferences regarding which conjuncts to
use or not to use, much less when the matter is broadened to consider
other languages that are written with Devanagari besides Hindi.
>> One can always force the I to go after the killed consonant by
>> inserting ZWNJ; e.g., < TTA, VIRAMA, ZWNJ, TTHA, I >.
> It seems to me that you are going beyond what is currently spelled
> out by Unicode. The discussion about the joiners does not mention
> how they interact with vowel signs.
True; it is silent on that issue. For better or worse, in the context of
that silence we made an implementation decision. That decision is not
inconsistent with what the Standard specifies.
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