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Don Osborn, Ph.D. *Bisharat! A language, technology & development initiative *Bisharat! Initiative langues - technologie - développement http://www.bisharat.net ************************ The subject of Ajami scripts used for a number of West African languages has been discussed on this list in the past. Recently a brief discussion that crossed three groups (a12n-collaboration, H-Hausa, and MANSA-L) focused on how completely Unicode/ISO-10646 covers the character & diacritic needs of Ajami scripts. It appears that at least a few diacritics are not included in the Unicode repertoire of Arabic and extended-Arabic characters (nor available/adaptable from other blocks). However there is some uncertainty, at least among those involved in the correspondence, as to what or how many diacritics or characters exactly are missing. Has anyone attempted to look systematically into this issue? If not what is the current state of accounting for various Ajami usages across languages and sub-regions in West Africa (and other parts of Africa). One notes in the archives of this list, for instance, work by Nikolai A. Dobronravin - has this been expanded on? These are timely questions, as there is currently support (ideologically and materially) for getting minority scripts and characters encoded in the Unicode system - Tifinagh and N'Ko for instance are already in the proposal "pipeline." To the extent that Ajami markings used in the past or present are not yet included in Unicode, it makes sense, I think, to do the necessary now to get them listed and submitted in a formal proposal. I am in contact with a member of the Unicode technical committee who has offered to assist in putting such a proposal together and finding sponsorship for it. If anyone working in this area could contact me, that would be most helpful to figuring out what steps to take next. Thanks in advance. Don Osborn firstname.lastname@example.org ************************