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bug #39998: Tamil: Request to add Classical Tamil ligatures

Submitted by:  Shree Devi Kumar <shree>
Submitted on:  Wed Sep 11 06:36:19 2013  
Category: individual character(s)Severity: 3 - Normal
Item Group: glyph(s) missingStatus: Fix posted
Privacy: PublicAssigned to: Steve White <Stevan_White>
Open/Closed: OpenRelease: development

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Thu Sep 12 14:56:17 2013, comment #3:

Clarifying previous comment.

Ligatures with -ai are showing in classical form.

Ligatures with -aa are showing in modern form.

This is without any setting of stylesets or ligatures.

Shree Devi Kumar <shree>
Thu Sep 12 13:49:41 2013, comment #2:

Please see attached tex and pdf files.

Only one set of ligatures has been changed for classical form.

(file #29122, file #29123)

Shree Devi Kumar <shree>
Wed Sep 11 15:02:59 2013, comment #1:

Hi Shree!

Following your suggestions, I made some changes to Tamil, toward the Unicode Book description. Now in SVN.

1) altered ra in combination with pulli, i, and ii

2a) ligature of nna, nnna, rra with aa and o
2b) ligature of nna, nnna, la, and lla with vowel ai

3) special danda and double-danda

These ligatures may be un-done by enabling Style Set 07 "Tamil Reformed"

The altered ra may be un-done by enabling Character Variant 01

Let me know if I missed anything.

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Wed Sep 11 06:36:19 2013, original submission:

Currently ணா னா றா / ணொ னொ றொ / ணோ னோ றோ / ணை னை லை ளை display without ligatures of vowel signs -aa and -ai. This is CORRECT behaviour in modern Tamil orthography but NOT in old Tamil.

Please see attached pdf with extract of relevant pages from Unicode Specs (http://www.unicode.org/versions/Unicode6.0.0/ch09.pdf) which displays the classical Tamil ligatures.

It would be good to add these as options in Freefont, similar to styles for old hindi, sanskrit etc for devanagari.

tamil-classical.tex file and pdf with unicode for these and display in 3 different fonts is also attached.

A sample in shreelipi tamil (non-unicode) font is also attached with shows the ligatures in use.

Shree Devi Kumar <shree>


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Attach File(s):

Attached Files
file #29122:  tamil-classical-new.tex added by shree (3kB - application/x-tex)
file #29123:  tamil-classical-new-comments.pdf added by shree (45kB - application/pdf)
file #29095:  tamil-classical.tex added by shree (2kB - application/x-tex)
file #29097:  tamil-classical.pdf added by shree (26kB - application/pdf)
file #29098:  sample-tamil-classical.pdf added by shree (117kB - application/pdf)


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    Date Changed By Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced By
    Thu Sep 12 13:49:41 2013shreeAttached File-=>Added tamil-classical-new.tex, #29122
      Attached File-=>Added tamil-classical-new-comments.pdf, #29123
    Wed Sep 11 15:02:59 2013Stevan_WhiteStatusNone=>Fix posted
      Assigned toNone=>Stevan_White
    Wed Sep 11 06:36:19 2013shreeAttached File-=>Added tamil-classical.tex, #29095
      Attached File-=>Added The Unicode Standard, Version 6.0- ch09-Tamil-Classical.pdf, #29096
      Attached File-=>Added tamil-classical.pdf, #29097
      Attached File-=>Added sample-tamil-classical.pdf, #29098

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