Re: Non-standard Tibetan stacks (was Re: Sanskrit nasalized L)

From: Christopher Fynn <>
Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:39:34 +0600

You can find quite a few "non-standard" stacks (those used in Tibetan
abbreviations) in the book བསྡུ་ཡིག་གསེར་གྱི་ཨ་ལོང། which is freely
available in PDF format from

- Chris

On 17/08/2011, Asmus Freytag <> wrote:
> On 8/16/2011 3:32 PM, Andrew West wrote:
>> On 16 August 2011 18:19, Asmus Freytag<> wrote:
>>>> "These stacks are highly unusual and are considered beyond the scope
>>>> of plain text rendering. They may be handled by higher-level
>>>> mechanisms".
>>> The question is: have any such "mechanisms" been defined and deployed by
>>> anyone?
>> In my opinion, until someone produces a scan of a Tibetan text with
>> multiple consonant-vowel sequences, and asks how they can represent it
>> in plain Unicode text there is no question to be answered.
> Thank you Andrew - that clarifies the issue for the non-specialist.
> A./
>> Chris Fynn asked about certain non-standard stacks he was trying to
>> implement in the Tibetan Machine Uni font in an email to the Tibex
>> list on 2006-12-09, but these didn't involve multiple consonant-vowel
>> sequences (one stack sequence was<0F43 0FB1 0FB1 0FB2 0FB2 0F74 0F74
>> 0F71> which would be reordered to<0F42 0FB7 0FB1 0FB1 0FB2 0FB2 0F71
>> 0F74 0F74> by normalization which would display differently).
>> Other non-standard stacks that I have seen involve horizontal
>> progression within the vertical stack (e.g. yang written horizontally
>> in a vertical stack).
>> More recently, the user community needed help digitizing Tibetan texts
>> that used the superfixed letters U+0F88 and U+0F89 within non-standard
>> stacks, resulting in a proposal to encode additional letters
>> (
>> None of these non-standard stack use cases involved multiple
>> consonant-vowel sequences, and I'm not sure whether I have ever seen
>> an example of such a sequence. I have learnt that there is little
>> point discussing a solution for a hypothetical problem, because when
>> the real problems arise they likely to be something different.
>> Andrew
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