Re: [sinhala] Old Sinhala digits

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Jan 01 2007 - 12:06:38 CST

At 14:51 +0530 2007-01-01, Gihan Dias wrote:

>>Does anyone know what happened to the Sinhala numerals? It was
>>proposed to encode them at U+0DE7 through U+0DFA, but they are
>>omitted from Unicode 5.0, with a gap in the proposed range. They
>>aren't in current use, but surely that isn't a reason for not
>>encoding them.
>I would not recommend not encoding them in the 0Dxx code range, as
>this would create the impression that they are of some contemporary
>use, and create pressure to support them.

The names list can easily indicate that the numerals do not have
current use but were used until the beginning of the 19th century.
Encoding them in some other block would not really be an option,
considering that there is so little space in the BMP, and indeed the
unused space in the Sinhala block is only really there because we
knew about archaic numbers.

Michael Everson *

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