How Many Scripts?

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Mon Nov 09 1998 - 18:21:44 EST

John Cowan wrote:
> In summary, this means that Unicode 3.0 should include:
> the Syriac, Thaana, Sinhala, Extended Tibetan, Myanmar,
> Ethiopic, Cherokee, Unified Canadian Syllabics, Ogham,
> Runic, Khmer, Mongolian, Braille, Extended Bopomofo,
> and Yi scripts, plus the 214 KangXi radicals, for a total
> of 38 scripts;

Not quite. In addition to the 24 scripts currently in Unicode 2.1:

Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic, Devanagari,
Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada,
Malayalam, Thai, Lao, Tibetan, Georgian, Hangul, Hiragana,
Katakana, Bopomofo, Han

There are 12 additions in preparation for Unicode 3.0:

Ogham, Runic, Thaana, Syriac, Sinhala, Myanmar, Khmer, Yi,
Ethiopic, Cherokee, Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Mongolian

for a total of 36 scripts.

All other additions are either extensions to existing scripts
or represent symbols or symbol collections. (Braille is not
generally considered a script.)


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