|From:||John Cowan <jcowan@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 7, 2000, 17:44|
"Daniel A. Wier" wrote:
> Problem though -- the conjunct <ks.> and <jn~> characters are not included
> in Devanagari or any other Indic script. Why I do not know, since those are
> very important in all Indian languages!
The Unicode/ISCII model for Indic characters is that you don't encode conjuncts
directly, as there may be hundreds of them in high-quality typography. Instead,
you encode using the Virama character (in Unicode there is a separate one for
each script). So "ks.a" is encoded as "k"+Virama+"s.", but displayed using
the ligature; encoding "k"+"s." alone displays "ka s.a", two separate characters.
If no conjunct exists, an explicit virama will be displayed. There are also
special encodings for suppressing conjuncts and for generating half consonants.
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