Re: [unicode] Re: vertical writing mode of modern Yi?

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Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:05:29 +0900

On Sun, 01 Apr 2012 23:20:12 -0700
fantasai <> wrote:
>On 03/30/2012 01:12 PM, Andrew West wrote:
>> I only have a couple of Old Yi books on my bookshelves, so I am no
>> expert on the subject, but I think that in a way UCS Yi and "modern
>> Old Yi" (Old Yi texts in modern publication) do share the same
>> vertical writing preferences -- that is to say, in both scripts glyphs
>> are written in the same orientation for both horizontal and vertical
>> layout (i.e. there is no glyph rotation when horizontal text is laid
>> out vertically).
>My theory (derived from the examples I have found, not from any historical
>notes on the Yi standardization process) is that Yi's vertical text was
>rotated 90deg to create UCS Yi: both the orientation of the characters
>and the writing direction compass were rotated, creating a horizontal script.
>And my theory is that UCS Yi is now typeset vertically with each glyph
>upright in titles and captions because, being printed in China by Chinese
>book publishers, it's copying the way Chinese characters behave. However,
>this creates an inconsistency with old Yi.

Hmm, I think there is no consensus (among non Yi people) about
the importance of the consistency between UCS Yi and Old Yi.
The "agreed" materials in our hands now are: horizontal UCS Yi
text, and vertical Old Yi text. The short vertical strings of
UCS Yi (and Old Yi in typesetted matters) are found by you,
Andrew, and me, but the recognization about their importance
is not in consensus.

I appreciate your careful attitude considering the possibility
that the found short vertical strings are formed under the
influence of Chinese typography.

So, for further discussion, we need an UCS Yi materials with
vertical text that has no influence from Chinese typography?
How to evaluate the influence? If the book has a colophone
in Chinese, it should be excluded?

I'm questionable about the safety of the selective sampling of
the materials to exclude the influence of Chinese typography.
Although I have no objection against the attitude to the priority
to the writing rule developed autonomously, I'm afraid that
expecting a clear separation in the relationship between UCS Yi
and Chinese typography is unsafe. Because UCS Yi was a script
standardized in PRC era, and the users of UCS Yi may be exposed
to the strong influence of modern Chinese typography. I'm not
saying that the consistency and similarity with Chinese typography
should be considered for UCS Yi in vertical writing mode, but
I want to say the selective sampling might be unsafe. Thus,
it might be unsafe to give the higher priority to the assumed
consistency between Old Yi and UCS Yi than the found material
including short vertical strings of UCS Yi (and short horizontal
Old Yi).

I will try to contact with Japanese scholars studying Yi languages,
but I cannot guarantee their knowledges are independent from the
influence of Chinese typography (or some bias from Japanese

>This is only based on a loose inspection of materials, however; I haven't
>done any great research on the topic, and am not very familiar with the
>Yi writing system.
>The question in my mind is,
> a) does the Yi community consider the Chinese style of typesetting
> vertical captions and suchlike to be the only correct way, or
> b) is it a consequence of the Chinese typesetting software that such text
> is typeset this way, and the correct orientation would match Old Yi, or
> c) would the Yi community consider either option acceptable and a matter
> of stylistic preference, similar to Latin characters, whose native text
> orientation is not vertical and thus can be found typeset both sideways
> and upright
>I don't know the answer to this, but it is this question that would determine
>Yi's orientation characteristics in UTR50.

If there is no answer by closing date for PRI#207 (2012-May-01),
UTR50 will leave the vertical text properties for UCS Yi as
undefined because of the lack of sufficient evidences? Or, the
assumption (consistency with Old Yi) is used to define vertical
writing mode properties temporarily?

>The research materials I have are here:
>Scans LoC045 through LoC099 are from the Yi books in the National Library
>of China in Beijing, circa 2005.

Thanks, also I found your comment in the discussion with
Eric Muller,

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