Re: Vai character use?

From: James Kass (
Date: Fri Dec 07 2007 - 18:06:54 CST

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    John Hudson asked,

    > Does Vai text typically make use of any characters outside the Vai block,
    > e.g. punctuation? If one were building a Vai font, what characters would
    > be deemed important to include that do not belong to the Vai block?

    digits 0-9
    full stop
    left/right parenthesis

    The above are all used in the Unicode version of the Universal
    Declaration of Human Rights in Vai.

    Although Vai has Vai-specific digits encoded, apparently Vai users
    don't use them, preferring Western digits. It is said that some
    modern printers use European punctuation and that some use the
    Vai-specific punctuation.

    To speculate, I'd guess that the Vai people probably use the occasional
    currency symbols. I haven't any information concerning quotes.

    Making a font for Vai is challenging. There are so many glyph variants
    from which to choose, including historic/obsolete forms. Kudos to
    Michael Everson and Jason Glavy for the quality of their work on
    the Vai proposal and chart font.

    To get an example of running Vai Unicode text, I downloaded the
    U.D.H.R. in Unicode Vai in PDF format and then copy/pasted into
    a plain text editor.

    Best regards,

    James Kass

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