From: Sinnathurai Srivas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Jul 17 2007 - 17:02:35 CDT
RE: Generic base charactersDotted circle does not indicate one has made an errro, but it indicates that this is a Unicode bug due to design errors.
3.1.1 line2 at http://www.araichchi.net/tol/tol-ezuththaihaaram.htm
Also Tamil Grammar specifically states that if longer than long vowels are needed then add/accumulate more of the required vowel characters.
there for Unicode has a bug, by not allowing Grammar to take charge.
Unicode acts against Tamil grammar, ie, pronounces the Grammar is wrong and Unicode method is correct. But the reality is that Unicode has a bug.
Unicode unnecessarily creates problems for Indic writing.
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Maxwell
To: Kent Karlsson ; Asmus Freytag
Cc: Unicode List
Sent: 16 July 2007 21:01
Subject: RE: Generic base characters
Kent Karlsson wrote:
> That would be better than inserting spurious dotted circles.
I'm wondering if we aren't confirming the (Sapir-)Whorf hypothesis here. Or to put it more simply, the disagreement has arisen from an ambiguous usage of the word "insert". AFAIK, these dotted circles are *displayed*, but they are not *inserted into the text* (that is, they are not there in the underlying text store). Are you really saying that you do not want dotted circles to be *displayed*? Because when we are entering Indic script text (for example), I have found it very helpful to have something obvious appear on the screen that indicates I made a mistake at the level of the script. (Well, it would be even more obvious if the circles were red :-).)
Errors at the level of spelling seem obviously different, and nowhere as easy to detect. But maybe what you're saying is that entering (say) a Bengali vowel sign without preceding it by a Bengali consonant is not really different from a spelling error, so that stranded vowel-sign is something that should be caught by a spell checker, not by the script rendering engine.
CASL/ U MD
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