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Re: [WMASTERS] Can we please develop a standard?
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Here are my thoughts about standardization:
 The character set that needs to be assigned character
codes has not been discussed with any rationality.
There was debate about whether to include grantha
letters or not. There were at least four views aired.
First group(Kalyan et al) thinks we should have
all six S,sh,h,j,ksha, sri
The second group(Kumar Kumarappan et al) expressed
doubts about the need to include Sri and ksha.
The third group (Anu, Kathir et. al) oppose grantha
letters. The fourth ( may be just only me?) 'group' suggested
to include only four or five grantha letters and not the
ksha but recommended including fa etc.
I think here people have to consider a number of
questions and provide supporting reasons that
prevail over the other choices.
I don't think this has happened and I feel 'due
consideration or thought' had NOT been given.
 Re: The tamil numerals. Why do we need 10, 100, 1000
symbols ? Did anyone cogently argue for the inclusion
 Why do we need nju, njU, ngu, ngU ?
What was the answer to my suggestion that when needed
we can write as nj+u etc. ? This suggestion arises
because we don't use these letters.
We can provide these symbols in some glyph table.
 Why do we need a separate character code for 'au' ?
can't we write o+La ? This again only because we
are going to use it very few times. Is it very
different from getting kO or kau for example ?
 Do we need copyright and trademark symbols ?
 What room have we provided for future expansion ?
I feel the character set (not the specific assignement of
of character codes) I have proposed at URL
covers more and more useful ground than version 1.4
provided by Kalyan at URL
There should be some new vision when we are embarking on
such a venture. I hope people will see some fresh light !
October 3, 1997
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