Re: Alternative encodings for Malayalam “nta”
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unicode at unicode.org
Sun Oct 6 16:08:13 CDT 2019
Thanks for addressing this. Here is my response:
In summary, my take is:
The sequence <NA, VIRAMA, RRA> for ൻ്റ (<<chillu N, subscript RRA>>) should
not be legitimized as an alternate encoding; but should be recognized as a
prevailing non-standard legacy encoding.
On Sun, Oct 6, 2019 at 7:57 PM 梁海 Liang Hai <lianghai at gmail.com> wrote:
> (Microsoft Peter and Andrew, search for “Windows” in the document.)
> (Asmus, in the document there’s a section 5, *ICANN RZ-LGR situation*—let
> me know if there’s some news.)
> This is a pretty straightforward document about the notoriously
> problematic encoding of Malayalam <*chillu n*, bottom-side sign of *rra*>.
> I always wanted to properly document this, so finally here it is:
> L2/19-345 <http://www.unicode.org/cgi-bin/GetMatchingDocs.pl?L2/19-345>
> *Alternative encodings for Malayalam "nta"*
> Liang Hai
> Unfortunately, as <NA, VIRAMA, RRA> has already become the de facto
> standard encoding, now we have to recognize it in the Core Spec. It’s a bit
> like another Tamil *srī* situation.
> An excerpt of the proposal:
> Document the following widely used encoding in the Core Specification as
> an alternative representation for Malayalam [glyph] (<chillu n, bottom-side
> sign of rra>) that is a special case and does not suggest any productive
> rule in the encoding model:
> <U+0D28 ന MALAYALAM LETTER NA, U+0D4D ◌് MALAYALAM SIGN
> VIRAMA, U+0D31 റ MALAYALAM LETTER RRA>
> 梁海 Liang Hai
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