Re: minimizing size (was Re: allocation of Georgian letters)

From: John H. Jenkins (
Date: Fri Feb 08 2008 - 16:16:30 CST

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    On Feb 8, 2008, at 3:02 PM, Sinnathurai Srivas wrote:

    > John H. Jenkins wrote in a mail,
    > "
    > Even if Unicode had used an encoding model for South Asian scripts
    > that didn't require complex rendering, the current problem would exist
    > because then text would display correctly but, for example, databases
    > would have to be substantially rewritten to convert the glyph stream
    > back into a series of letters for the operations that they typically
    > support.
    > "
    > John, could you expand on the above,
    > (Additionally, please include what effect canonical forms would have
    > on databses.)
    > My initial thinking is non-CTL Tamil would work in databases without
    > additional interventions.

    I'm not sufficiently familiar with Tamil to comment intelligently on
    it. My responses were aimed at the more general issue of why complex
    scripts are required and to try to clarify the reasons why some
    scripts require complex rendering and others don't. If your questions
    have to do with Tamil specifically, it would be better for them to be
    answered by someone more familiar with the script.

    John H. Jenkins

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