Re: Arabic encoding model (alas, static!)

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Thu Jul 07 2005 - 03:54:09 CDT

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    At 23:47 -0700 2005-07-06, John Hudson wrote:

    >Mete Kural made some reference to a scholarly need for generative
    >marks in Arabic, though, and I agree with this. It seems to me that,
    >entirely independently of the Arabic encoding used for typical
    >language processing, it would be desirable to have in Unicode a set
    >of dotless archigraphemes (to use Tom Milo's phrase) and appropriate
    >generative marks to be able to encode the text of Arabic manuscripts
    >in a way that accurately reflects the writing conventions of the
    >script in the early period.

    The former are already encoded, and it is likely that Tom Milo and I
    will propose the latter. But if people keep talking about using those
    for ordinary Arabic text, it's going to cause trouble.

    Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  *

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