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Re: [WMASTERS] Standards
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George Hart wrote:
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> I find it distressing that people are so attached to the font encoding they
> happened to make. For everyone's information, I was the first in the world
> to develop a Tamil font on a computer. This was using a Lisa + Mac in the
> early '80's. I have absolutely NO attachment to my encoding scheme, even
> though I have put literally thousands of hours into it, and have printed
> many books with it.
> PLEASE, we need a standard -- this is not a personality contest. My own
> feeling is that we should use a 7-bit font with kerning (like mine), but I
> don't care as long as we have something everyone will use.
> Govindasamy writes,
> >Dear George
> > you have all the right to suggest Inaimathi font to be the interim
> >standard. I only found emotional attachment in your suggestion. As an
> >academic we should go for facts. from your mail, I understood that you
> >are not well informed of the facts that is surrounding the Technology
> >which made Total Tamil Internet Solution possible on Internet.
> Ravindran replies,
> >The TamilNet encoding is totally proprietary to select indviduals
> >and was not allowed to be used by local Malaysian and Singapore
> >developers despite repeated requests. Even now, this copyright is
> >selectively enforced.
> Is this true? If so, how could we make the TamilNet encoding a standard?
> Please note that my fonts etc. are in public domain and always have been.
> In any case, there is no way in they world that you can copyright an
> encoding scheme.
> Govindasamy, Please answer the following questions:
> 1. Is your scheme proprietary? If so, how can we use it?
all products that are related with tamil on internet, (TamilNet, Anjal,
or Mylai )- all schemes are proprietary ownership.
as far as I am concerned, I will give permission to use TamilNet code ,
to any organisation, who are willing to serve Tamil on Internet. I
have already given permission to WinMass (http://starglobe.com.sg), a
multi-lingual product Singapore, and to Tango (http://www.alis.com)
another multilingual product from Canada to use TamilNet code free.
> 2. In what respects is your scheme superior to Inaimathi
George, all the while I was a silent observer. when you proposed that
Inaimati should be the interim standard, I came in to clarify certain
points. Now you posing this question to me. George Until now, I have no
intention of proposing TamilNet as a standard. Since you have pose this
question to me, I will answer your question in two days time.
or any other
> standards propose?
Please answer with specifics, not just with the fact
> that it is used widely. My own encoding is used widely too.
> Please note, my only emotional attachment is to Tamil, not to Govindasamy,
> not to Muthu, not to myself. I want to get something agreed upon, and I
> don't care if it's the original scheme of Molly McGuire in Iowa, as long as
> it works.
> THANKS. GH
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