Bug 84 - Tamil orthography : U+0B82 and Tamil digits had better be removed
Summary: Tamil orthography : U+0B82 and Tamil digits had better be removed
Status: RESOLVED FIXED
Alias: None
Product: fontconfig
Classification: Unclassified
Component: fc-cache (show other bugs)
Version: 2.2
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: high normal
Assignee: Keith Packard
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Reported: 2003-05-06 01:50 UTC by Jungshik Shin
Modified: 2003-05-05 14:27 UTC (History)
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Description Jungshik Shin 2003-05-06 01:50:41 UTC
I examined a dozen of Tamil truetype fonts (in Unicode as opposed to TSCII encoding)
and none of them has U+0B82. TSCII(glyph encoding widely used even now) doesn't
have U+0B82 (see http://www.tamil.net/tscii/faq5.html), which can indicate that
U+0B82 is not used very often if used at all. In addition to U+0B82,
11 of 12 TTFs (included in Mandrake Linux 9.1: 
ftp://sunsite.dk/mirrors/mandrake/9.1/i586/Mandrake/RPMS/fonts-ttf-tamil-1.1-1mdk.noarch.rpm
) don't have  Tamil digits and numbers (U+0BE7 - U+0BF2).  Some fonts lack
only a couple while others don't have any digits/numbers.  Perhaps, most Tamil
speakers prefers Western-style digits (well, they're originated from India
as you know well) to traditional Tamil digits. 

Given the situation of current fonts in circulation, U+0B82 and [U+0BE7 - U+0BF2]
may as well be removed from ta.orth. Otherwise, none of fonts in Mandrake Linux 9.1
(also used by other Linux/Unix users) would be recognized as supporting Tamil.
I found this problem after adding 'ta' font preference option to Mozilla
(see <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=204039>. The patch uploaded
there doesn't have font-pref change, yet.).
Comment 1 Jungshik Shin 2003-05-06 02:34:06 UTC
I asked a native Tamil speakers (Manmathan Kumarathurai : mannan daimi au dk)
about those characters
and was told that I'm right. Below is his response to my query:

<quote>                                                                        
          
You are right. These characters af very rarely used thats why the font
developers didn't use time to create them. They aren't part of the widely used
tscii fonts either.
</quote>
Comment 2 Keith Packard 2003-05-06 07:27:01 UTC
Thanks for the updates.


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