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Re: Grantha

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. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis vom dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)