Re: Devanagari question

From: James E. Agenbroad (
Date: Thu Nov 09 2000 - 15:39:34 EST

On Thu, 9 Nov 2000, Rick McGowan wrote:

> > 1. Is a halant/virama ever valid following other than a consonant (or
> > consonant and nukta)?
> Legal? In the sense of "any string is legal", yes; as is anything else.
> The implementation question to answer is whether it's useful or
> renderable, and if so, how.
> The independent vowel followed by a halant could be interpreted as a
> graphical answer to the question, "What is the sound of one vowel
> silenced?"
> Rick
                                         Thursday, November 8, 2000
     My question was about the validity of a vowel after a halant, but
your mention of a vowel followed by a halant would seem equally as
illogical. (Note than neither languages nor writing systems being
artifacts of fallible humans needs to be logical.)
          Jim Agenbroad ( )
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