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Re: 7-bit and Grantha chars.
I agree. In fact, using the LANG tag will be a lot more logical since it
provides for *font* independance. a font is just an implementation of a
character encoding. It's the character encoding that helps us better in
building CGI's and other apps.
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i think we should considered the harmful effects of using <FONT FACE=....>
We should eventually move to using <LANG> tag to mark the language/charset
medium. In fact HTML 4.0 has standardized the use of <LANG> tag..
However, i not against the use of 7-bit font for word processor.
On Tue, 9 Sep 1997, George Hart wrote:
> I would like to keep all the normally used grantha characters, including kS
> and sri. This is not because of any political agenda, only because I think
> many people will like to use those characters. They have become a pretty
> standard part of Tamil.
> With regard to upper or lower 128, I think we must differentiate between a
> font meant for the Web and one for use at home with word processors. We
> have a font we have used extensively (it's available in public domain --
> tamlasr) which uses only the lower 128. It works extremely well with word
> processors etc. In fact, I've written a Mac program that takes text in
> Roman transliteration copied to the clipboard, converts it, and puts the
> converted text on the clipboard. It will selectively change only bold
> text, and put the text into proper fonts. With this sort of tool, there is
> absolutely no need to use the same font for Tamil and Roman.
> It also seems to me that HTML is evolving in such a way that the font face
> command will soon be universal. Netscape mail (but not yet Eudora)
> recognize HTML. Soon, therefore, there will be no need for a font that
> combines Roman (lower 128) and Tamil (upper 128).
> Here, then, is my suggestion: Let's settle on a standard for both a 7-bit
> and 8-bit font. AND let's make the two compatible -- that is, positions of
> the 8-bit font are the same as the positions of the 7-bit one, except with
> the first bit set to 1 instead of 0 (i.e. the 7-bit position + 128). This
> will make conversion extremely simple -- and it will mean that we can
> easily create sorting algorithms etc. that work on both fonts. George Hart
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