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In a message dated 97-09-24 05:18:04 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mani) writes:
> I know many must be very busy at this time, but
> I would like to hear comments ( positive or negative or neutral),
I studied your proposals carefully. I was impressed that the grantha sounds
could be emulated by a combination of native sounds and symbols. However
and here I am going into the unknown territory), new user interface designs
have an unpredictable life. "QWERTY" is not the best keyboard design for
typing in English. And certainly, anybody who is learning typing today
don't need to learn it. It is quite trivial to remap the keyboard to any
standard the user desires. And yet, QWERTY rules. Most of the Editors on
IBM PC have to emulate WordStar or BRIEF control keys because of user
resistance. If this is the case for products that are less than 100 years
old, one can only imagine how the literate Tamils will react to such radical
I agree 100% with Mr. Mani. Dr. Selva I also visited your
website and saw the proposal. It is inovative and I am
glad you are working so hard just because you love Tamil.
We also have to think, "who are the audience". For now just
you, me and the rest of the Tamil.Net-ers, in the future all
Tamilians. They cannot simply jump suddenly from regular
Tamil to the computer version of the Grantha-less Tamil.
I don't really understand "why do we HATE grantha characters?".
Does it look like Hindi, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam?
What do we achieve if we don't use grantha characters? We are,
actually trying to kill or rape Tamil. Sometimes when I go through
some mails I really, really feel like using some FRENCH. What are we
really doing here? Can somebody explain it to me?
When I read the "kavithai"s they pass on in the Tamil.Net, I really
feel that who will continue this work in the next generation. I mean
most of us (who are writing/fighting) are living abroad, mostly older
people writes them (I think). Before we die, I think we should do
something. As a starting point why don't we implement an encoding
standard that uses the current Tamil character set without any changes?
P.S. I am not a very good writer. I write what I feel.
If it hurts anybody I am sorry.....
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