Kurdish (Cyrillic) and Turkmen (Latin) characters

John Clews scripts20 at uk2.net
Fri Oct 7 11:40:27 CEST 2005

Just a query - does anybody active in JTC1/SC2/WG2 know the answers to
questions 1, 2 and 3?

Tex wrote:

> Saying something is in the Xxxx script does not mean that it includes
only Unicode characters whose script property is Xxxx.  In particular,
Kurdish in Cyrillic requires the Latin letters Q/q/W/w.  Furthermore,
combining characters aren't in any script and do not affect the
> overall script.

1. Have all previous attempts to have ISO/IEC 10646 and Unicode include
_Cyrillic_ letters Q/q and W/w run into the ground? If so, why?

How do any applications deal with sorting Cyrillic Kurdish text that
includes these characters?

Tex continued:

> The Turkmen orthography uses things that aren't even Unicode letters,
like the cent sign and the (British) pound sign, but that doesn't mean
it isn't basically in Latin script.

2. Has there been an attempt to have ISO/IEC 10646 and Unicode include
Latin _letters_ ¢ and £, so that they can have the qualities of letters,
and be sorted appropriately?

3. How do any applications actually cope with sorting multilingual text
which includes these characters, if they are not yet in ISO/IEC 10646 and
Unicode? How does ISO/IEC 14651 cope with this?

John Clews


More information about the Ietf-languages mailing list