From: Michael Everson (everson@evertype.com)
Date: Wed Mar 05 2003 - 11:32:38 EST

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    Unicode has a mechanism for producing the ya-phalaa conjunct, namely
    by preceding the ya with virama. This works also in the unusual
    situation where the "consonant" the ya-phalaa modifies is an
    independent vowel.

    A + VIRAMA + YA + -AA (this is aa-yaphalaa)
    RA + VIRAMA + ZWJ + YA (this is the reph-ya)
    RA + VIRAMA + YA (this is the ra-yaphalaa)

    There are analogous examples of this use of ZWJ in Malayalam and Devanagari.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com

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