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Re: [WMASTERS] Re: Old Orthography, response to Kalyan
At 12:15 PM 9/16/97 +0000, Dr.K. Kalyanasundaram wrote:
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>Instead of waiting for Microsoft or Apple to take the lead, why cannot
>we launch ourselves a unicode conformant font, software containing
>English, Tamil and few others ) and have some field testing
>Can we not adopt the same approach as that of Microsoft and Apple but
>tailored to Tamil? What are the technical hurdles if any?
It *is* possible. You may have seen the Unicode font with Tamil that
I demonstrated at the Singapore conference. Problem is there are no
(not that I know of) high-level (i.e. user friendly) tools that'll
help up do that today. We need to fiddle a little with some low level
structures to realise a Tamil font with a working glyph substitution
I'm sure the tool vedors are working on having this implemented in
future revisions - some of them have openly stated that they are.
However, we need to also note that Unicode based *text* has to be
saved in double-bytes. Not all shrink-wrapped applications today
do that. If we want to see Tamil on Unicode encoding, we must
have/use a Unicode enabled application - which are not that many
or common today.
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