Re: ISO 15924: Different Arabic scripts?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 05:44:26 CST

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    At 14:28 +0100 2005-11-10, Andreas Prilop wrote:
    >has different Latin scripts: "normal", Fraktur, Gaelic.
    >Why is there only one Arabic script? If Fraktur
    >is a separate script, then there should be at
    >least Naskh and Nastaliq for Arabic.

    ISO 15924 isn't an academic exercise. There were
    specific bibliographical reasons for giving codes
    to Latf and Latg. Specifically, a book of
    Schiller's poetry might be published in Fraktur
    orthography or in Roman orthography, or a book by
    Criomhthain might be published in Gaelic
    orthography or in Roman orthography.

    Are Kufi or Nastaliq are distinguished in a similar fashion?

    The text of the standard describes this usage.
    Please read it and not just the code tables.

    Michael Everson *

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