Re: Searching data: map countries to scripts

From: Richard Wordingham <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 19:24:22 +0100

On Mon, 20 Aug 2012 01:05:54 +0200
Manuel Strehl <> wrote:
> For example, Russia has only Cyrl associated, while, as far as I can
> tell, at least Latn and Arab should also be mentioned, also perhaps
> some historic scripts.

As has been pointed out, you'll have to be careful what your criteria
are, or else you'll end up with Latn wherever there's been internet
access, Arab wherever there are Moslems, and Hebr wherever there are
open Jews. How do you handle Classical Greek inscriptions on public
buildings in the Western World? What about small amounts of Greek
on crucifixes? How do you handle Chinatowns?

Tourist areas can cause complications as elsewhere. Does the number of
Japanese shop signs in Bangkok cause one to add Japanese scripts to
Thailand? Cyrillic is making an appearance in Pattaya because of
the Russian tourists. Tourist scripts could overwhelm the traditional,
second scripts such as Cambodian (known as the Khom script in
Thailand and nowadays most prominently used for tattoos and amulets,
but previously used for Pali) and Tai Tham.

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