el-latn, ru-latn, and related possibilities

Tex Texin tex at yahoo-inc.com
Fri Oct 7 01:58:07 CEST 2005

Peter thanks I wasn't clear. My understanding is that phoneticists often use
characters from different scripts or "invent" characters which involves
adding strokes or marks to existing characters and in Unicode terms might be
feasible using combining chars. So the script might be a hodgepodge of
things representable in Unicode, but not part of a single script.

I was thinking allowing transliteration codes in the position of script
subtags eliminates the debate of what is or isn't a true script (plus saves
the need for an additional subtag, where script(s) are implied by the
translit tag). But the topic probably doesn't warrant much debate and we can
deal with it as the situation arises.

We have a similar situation today in that documents that are largely math
equations borrow from several scripts and a script tag might be ambiguous or
misleading. (Right?)

Tex Texin
Internationalization Architect,   Yahoo! Inc.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no 
> [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of 
> Peter Constable
> Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2005 6:28 PM
> To: IETF Languages Discussion
> Subject: RE: el-latn, ru-latn, and related possibilities
> > From: ietf-languages-bounces at alvestrand.no [mailto:ietf-languages- 
> > bounces at alvestrand.no] On Behalf Of Tex Texin
> > Although, as I think about it, I am under the impression that
> phoneticists
> > often create their own characters. For some systems, script codes
> would be
> > incorrect and would require either a new script code to accommodate
> the
> > invented characters (or characters from more than one script) or
> perhaps
> > would be better served simply by a transliteration code...
> > 
> > (but that is a question put forth as an assertion for you all to
> correct)
> Let's suppose I invent a character. Either I create documents 
> with it encoded as PUA, or I get it into Unicode first. If 
> the latter, it's script status will likely have been resolved 
> first. If it's PUA, my docs aren't useful to you anyway 
> unless we've got some agreement on the character coding, so a 
> private agreement on language tag would also be possible. 
> (My assertions that you can correct :-)
> Peter Constable
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