RE: Allocation of Georgian letters

From: Joe (
Date: Wed Feb 06 2008 - 13:33:31 CST

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    > Unicode begins with the European alphabetic scripts Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian. How come that Georgian is so far away, starting at U+10A0?

    I assume you are aware that the question of where the Georgian script is allocated is solely (and microscopically) of interest insofar as it reflects the historical development of the Unicode Standard.

    In the original draft Unicode block layout, c. November 1989, Georgian was allocated immediately after Armenian, and was immediately followed by Arabic. That draft proposal contained only a single/unicase (Mkhedruli) Georgian alphabet.

    Based on further study, at the UTC meeting of August 31, 1990, I presented a new propsal for Georgian in which the Asomtavruli alphabet was added. Since the two-alphabet scheme would not fit in the original Georgian block allocated after Armenian, the Georgian script was moved to start at the next available space, U+10A0 . The minutes note "These changes were noncontroversial and were accepted by consensus".


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