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Re: [WMASTERS] Response to Kumar

Dear Bala,

You can see that discussions are almost nearing to the end.
(Except for 7-bit Vs 8-bit war, which can only be decided
by TNC based which segment they want to attack!)

After finalizing we should really compare that with InaiMathi.
If both are same, we should give the credit to Muthu
for his work. Otherwise, it would be really unfair.


Bala Pillai wrote:
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> At 10:14 PM 9/10/97 -0800, George Hart wrote:
> >I agree with most of what Kumar has said.  I would, however, like to keep
> >kS and sri, as they tend to be useful.
> >
> >Obviously, there is no ideal solution.  Everyone has a slightly different
> >view.  I see the consensus as follows:
> >
> >1. Use an 8-bit set, like INaimathi.
> >2. Keep the grantha characters.
> >3. Do not keep the old-style ligatures (lai, etc.)
> >4. Keep the final consonants (with the puLLi).
> >
> >Note that this is just about exactly what Muthu's font already has.  Why
> >not just settle on it as a standard?  Anything we decide will go by the
> >boards, anyway, when unicode becomes universally implemented.
> That is a thought George. But it is so *politically loaded*  that I didn't
> even give it a thought.
> Now, just because it's a near-impossible political task to accomplish
> doesn't mean we shouldn't consider it (and dismiss it if need be)
> especially since the Inaimathi font encoding is an open one for use by
> anybody. I believe it is the only 8 bit font encoding standard that is
> unconditionally open.
> I have a clear conflict of interest since we use it for the Tamil.Net
> virtual community and therefore the large Tamil.Net archives (part of which
> is at http://tamil.net/list  ). It'll make life easier for me - won't have
> to do any conversion.
> But given the conflict of interest, it's best I abstain on this unless
> specifically invited by the community for further thoughts.
> anbudan../bala
> bala@tamil.net
> p.s. I hope we can bring out the standards politics out into the open as
> well - might as well deal with it too.
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