Rendering Sanskrit Medial Sequences -vy- and -ry- in Myanmar

Richard Wordingham via Unicode unicode at
Wed Aug 21 14:59:33 CDT 2019

On Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:43:43 +0000
Andrew Glass via Unicode <unicode at> wrote:

> The order of medials in Myanmar clusters is constrained by UTN
> #11<>. So yes, you do need to
> follow the preferred order for Myanmar even if the sequence does not
> match phonetic order.

If the spelling matters, there may be a partial solution.  It depends
on being able to have <U+1012 DA, U+1039 VIRAMA, U+101D WA>.  This
combination is intended for use in Pali and Sanskrit when the shape of
Burmese <U+1012, U+103D MEDIAL WA> is unacceptable - see for the
justification for adding U+103D as an *alternative* to <1039, 101D>.

Now, UTN#11, which is explicitly not endorsed by the UTC, does not
allow the sequence <U+1012, U+1039, U+101D> and the Padauk font does not
support it.  I can't find anything in the Myanmar rendering
that indicates that that renderer might reject the combination.
Consequently, you may be able to find an ordinary font that will render
the sequence <U+1012, U+1039, U+101D, U+103B MEDIAL YA> to give you an
acceptable rendering of 'dvya' that will be analysed as having the right

I can't see any way of helping you to get a renderable unambiguous
Myanmar script spelling for 'trya' - unless you're prepared to supply
alternative renderers.  (I presume Zawgyi fonts are not an acceptable


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