[indic] RE: [indic] Re: Malayalam: Overt-VirÇma Forms and Clustering

Jeremy Carroll jjc at hplb.hpl.hp.com
Tue May 4 20:31:05 CEST 2004

Not sure if it's in order to say this, but I haven't understood at all.

I would find it helpful if either Paul or Michael could try and explain 
just a little more the difference between MALR and MALT ... (I would 
probably stay silent, but at least showing passive assent rather than 
complete dumbfoundedness)

Alternatively pointers to some previous discussion ...

thanks in advance


Paul Nelson (TYPOGRAPHY) wrote:

> I do not believe that RFC 3066 should reflect this. I believe that the purpose of RFC 3066 is different than OpenType.
> These are orthographic systems registered in the OpenType language registry. There is no culture or locale differences.
> Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Everson [mailto:everson at evertype.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 10:50 AM
> To: Paul Nelson (TYPOGRAPHY)
> Cc: Eric Muller; ietf-languages at iana.org
> Subject: [indic] RE: [indic] Re: Malayalam: Overt-VirÇma Forms and Clustering
> At 10:44 -0700 2004-05-04, Paul Nelson \(TYPOGRAPHY\) wrote:
>>Malayalam has two language tags. MALR - Reformed (Modern) and MALT - 
>>Traditional. The same font can have both behaviors. Post processing 
>>glyphs tells us where to reorder the pre-pended matra based on the
>>glyph(s) present. This takes care of the correct language processing 
>>and in no way hinders the freedom of typographic expression.
> Should there be an RFC 3066 registration for these varieties of Malayalam for other purposes?
> --
> Michael Everson * * Everson Typography *  * http://www.evertype.com
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