Romanized Singhala got great reception in Sri Lanka

Naena Guru naenaguru at
Mon Mar 17 13:21:06 CDT 2014

You have lot of stars, my friend. You ARE the Lion. Roar!!

You have lot of friends in Sri Lanka, indeed, and one thanked you highly
for the service you did for the Language too. Good for you. However, he did
not know the way to the Public Library or the nearest Buddhist temple or
the Christian Church that would have enlightened him on Singhala writing
system, so you could help you make meaningful proposal than copying
something that somebody else forwarded with a question. Did any one of them
show you Rev. Fr. A. M Gunasekara's book? No!

Who signed Mettavihari purportedly for the Singhala user group?

On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 4:51 AM, Michael Everson <everson at>wrote:

> On 17 Mar 2014, at 02:48, Naena Guru <naenaguru at> wrote:
> > You are talking about something you do not know. I am a Singhalese.
> That doesn't give you any special knowledge or privilege. I know many
> people from Sri Lanka, who work in the area of computing, and who work with
> the Sinhala characters as encoded in the UCS.
> And really. "The Lion of Unicode"?
> My stars.
> Michael Everson
> > On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 6:18 AM, Michael Everson <everson at>
> wrote:
> >
> > On 16 Mar 2014, at 04:12, Naena Guru <naenaguru at> wrote:
> >
> >> Dual-script Singhala means romanized Singhala that can be displayed
> either in the Latin script or in the Singhala script using an Orthographic
> Smart Font...
> >
> > What a terrible, terrible idea. You are essentially promoting giving up
> writing Sinhala, in favour of a slightly-bigger-than-ASCII Latin font hack.
> >
> >> Dual-script Singhala is the proper and complete solution on the
> computer for the Singhala script used to write Singhala, Sanskrit and Pali
> languages.
> >
> > No, it isn't. It's a huge step backwards, unless you propose abolishing
> the Sinhala script entirely and just writing in Latin.
> >
> >> The government ministries, media and people welcomed it with enthusiasm
> and relief that there is something practical for Singhala. The response in
> the country was singularly positive, except for the person that
> filibustered the Q&A session of the presentation that spoke about the hard
> work done on Unicode Sinhala, clearly outside the subject matter of the
> presentation.
> >
> > That person understood the nature of data integrity. As does everyone
> who cares about the Universal Character Set.
> Michael Everson *
> _______________________________________________
> Unicode mailing list
> Unicode at
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the Unicode mailing list