ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 2 N 3202
DATE: 1998-10-23
Coded Character Sets 
Secretariat: Japan (JISC)
DOC TYPE:   Disposition of Comments 
Disposition of Comments Report on SC 2 N 3106, ISO/IEC 10646-1/PDAM 26, Information technology -- Universal Multiple-Octet coded Character Set (UCS) -- Part 1: Architecture and Basic Multilingual Plane -- AMENDMENT 26: Burmese
In accordance with Resolution M35.14 adopted at the 35th meeting held in London, UK, 1998-09-21/25, this document was prepared by the project editor. The revised text for FPDAM ballot is contained in N 3203.
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Report on JTC1/SC2 letter ballot on PDAM.26, Burmese
to ISO/IEC 10646-1: 1993 (E)

Disposition of Comments

The PDAM appears in JTC1/SC2 N 3106 (also SC2/WG2 N 1780).
Responses to the letter ballot appear in JTC1/SC2 N 3161 (also SC2/WG2 N 1836).
Additional comment was received at the SC2/WG2 meeting in London (1998-09-21/25) from a Delegation of experts from Myanmar (aka Burma), the principal country in which the script forming the subject of this PDAM is used.
This Disposition of Comments is derived from JTC1/SC2/WG2 N1883R2, which may be consulted for further details. Where a national body has submitted a negative vote the indication (N) appears after its name in the list.

Principal Changes

  1. The term BURMESE will be changed to MYANMAR throughout the text, as particularly requested by the Delegation from Myanmar.
  2. The characters will be identified as belonging to two separate collections, Basic Myanmar (for characters in general use) and Extended Myanmar (for scholarly use on Pali/Sanskrit texts).
  3. The Myanmar block will be moved from Row 17 to Row 10, to allow more code space for possible future expansion of the Myanmar character repertoire.
  4. Some small adjustments will be made to the present repertoire of characters, including a reduction in the number of vowels, and unification of Virama and Killer.
Ireland (Technical comments)
  1. Accepted. The BURMESE SIGN KINZI will be deleted.
  2. Not accepted. The parenthetical comments following the character names will be removed.
  3. Not accepted. The Pali/Sanskrit characters will remain in the same code positions, since they are not in general use, and will form part of a separate collection (see Principal Changes, 2).
  4. Not accepted. As a matter of principle, the number of vowels in this PDAM will be reduced, not increased (see Principal Changes, 4).
  5. Accepted.
Israel Comment noted. No action required.

Japan (N)

  1. Not accepted. The comment is not consistent with the Virama model adopted by the PDAM.
  2. Accepted. (see Principal Changes, 4).
  3. Not accepted. Then units mentioned are words, not letters of the alphabet.
  4. Not accepted. The presentation of allographs is related to choice of fonts, and does not require the assignment of additional code positions.
  5. Accepted in principle. The character at 1732 is to be deleted, hence the additional form requested is not now needed.
  6. Accepted. (see Principal Changes, 4).
  7. Not accepted. These vowel signs may be font variants, or extensions only appropriate for archaic usage. The NB of Japan is invited to submit more complete information about the context of use of these vowel signs. They could be added to the Myanmar block in future if there is sufficient evidence for them.
  8. Accepted. The glyph will be corrected.
  9. Not accepted. (see Principal Changes, 2).
Sweden Comment noted. No action required.

U.K. (N) Technical comments.

  1. Not accepted. (see Principal Changes, 4).
  2. Accepted. (see Principal Changes, 4.)

Para. 1 (technical). Accepted. (same as Ireland 1).
Para. 2 (editorial). Accepted.
Para. 3 (technical) Accepted in principle. (see Principal Changes, 4).
Para. 4 (editorial). Accepted. (see also Ireland 2).
Para. 5 (editorial). Accepted. A font will be provided by Myanmar and Ireland.