Re: Unicode Transliteration Guidelines released

From: David Weinberg (
Date: Sun Jan 27 2008 - 15:37:03 CST

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    why UNGEGN and not ISO?
    or: What is the purpose of these trans"literation" charts?

    Only when we know the purpose, we can see whether they serve it well or do

    I agree with Jony that there should be hundreds of transcription charts --
    one for each pair of languages.
    But there should be only ONE transLITERation chart for each script pair.


    2008/1/27, Mark Davis <>:
    David, Jony,

    These are not made of whole cloth. The goal of the transliteration
    schemes is to follow established sources, deviating sometimes where
    necessary for reversibility. In both of these cases, the sources are
    the UN.

    The sources are generally described in the comments in the source
    file. So for Arabic, you'd look in:

    and find a reference to the UNGEGN tables:

    Similarly for Hebrew, which also follows UNGEGN:

    Now of course, there may be problems in the data. If you find any, you
    can file a bug requesting a change, as described in the document. Or
    if you would like to see some alternate methods added, you are free to
    propose them (as described earlier in this thread).


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