RE: ISO 15924: Different Arabic scripts?

From: Peter Constable (
Date: Wed Nov 23 2005 - 09:38:56 CST

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    > From: [] On
    > Behalf Of Andreas Prilop

    > When an HTML document is encoded in UTF-8, we can specify only
    > by lang=zh-CN or lang=zh-TW
    > whether a program should display it in Simplified or
    > Traditional Chinese typeface. Mozilla-based browsers do this.
    > A better, more logical way is by
    > lang=zh-Hans or lang=zh-Hant
    > I'm not sure whether the latest Mozilla browsers already
    > support this.
    > It should likewise be possible to specify by
    > lang=fa-**** lang=ur-****
    > whether a Persian or Urdu text should be displayed in
    > Naskh or Nastaliq style by the browser.

    I find this completely unconvincing. Naskh and Nastaliq are but two of many calligraphic styles. This is a font choice, IMO. I do not see this as a good case for adding new IDs to ISO 15924.

    Peter Constable

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