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Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2002 08:08:37 +0900 From: Don Osborn <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Ajami & Unicode (Re: Manding Adjami) Thanks, Valentin, glad the info was helpful. I'm interested in pursuing the matter of "missing" Ajami diacritics or whatever in Unicode Arabic - for all languages of the region - and wonder if there is any existing effort in this area. If not, would there be sufficient interest in setting up some sort of means of sharing information across language specializations (Manding, Hausa, Fula, Berber, Wolof, etc.) about: 1) what special characters and diacritics are/were used in Ajami writing across Africa (mainly West), 2) what of these are available (or adaptable) in Unicode, and 3) what of these are not included in Unicode and might, subsequent to further research, be proposed to the Unicode consortium (possibly with aid of the Berkeley Script Encoding Initiative). I could set something low-maintenance up if there is interest/need but no one with the time to take this on - just so that there is a common "space" to collect the minutiae of Ajami diacritics etc. I have no idea whether we'd ultimately be talking about a total of 4 or 5 diacritics that Unicode does not yet account for, or about some significantly larger number of diacritics and modified letters. I cc to several people with expertise & interest in Ajami, as well as to some others from the a12n-collaboration WG,and also Deborah Anderson of the Script Encoding Initiative for comment on any or all of the above. Sorry for the blunderbuss approach - I'd just like to bring this phase of this (admittedly scattered) discussion to some sort of cloture so that it can be built on rather than duplicated again elsewhere in a couple of years (noting that some of these issues were touched on already on H-West-Africa a few years ago). Thanks in advance! Don Don Osborn, Ph.D. email@example.com *Bisharat! A language, technology & development initiative *Bisharat! Initiative langues - technologie - d$BqW(Beloppement http://www.bisharat.net _____________________________________ - > Write a book review for H-USA! < - Contact the H-USA book review editor: Nathan Abrams <Nathan.Abrams@btinternet.com>