Re: Tamil sha (U+0BB6) - deprecate it?

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Sun Jun 26 2005 - 14:07:43 CDT

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    More than Sanskrit English is the extremely important to be transliterated
    in Tamil.
    This can be done by using Tamil system.

    Sanskrit is always seen a wanton intrusion to destroy all Indic languages
    and cause confusion. Tamil has been defending it self for hundreds of years.
    Tamil has it's own system and a sophisticated system.

    Unicode is not the entity that should decide the demise of the ancient and
    sophisticated Tamil, like the demise of all other Indic languages.

    Sanskrit is not Tamil, though Sanskrit borrows vast amount of technology and
    vocabulary from Tamil. Let's Tamil follow it's own ways.

    0BB6 must be deprecated.

    0BB6 was encoded illegally by Unicode (I'll expand on this once I get
    answers to how the 0BB6 was encoded in the first place).

    Unicode, please, please save Tamil from this onslaught. Tamil has been
    fighting this battle for a long time. Mostly all other Indic languages lost
    this battle and surrendered them for a not very appreciable technology.

    Save Tamil.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "N. Ganesan" <>
    To: "Unicode List" <>
    Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 2:55 PM
    Subject: Tamil sha (U+0BB6) - deprecate it?

    > Srivas mentions in his mails about
    > deprecating SHA (U+0BB6).
    > This cannot be done as there are some users
    > who want to transliterate Sanskrit words
    > one-to-one need sha letter.
    > A user request - Ashok Pennathur's mail:
    > And, Dr. Kalyan's(next Chair, INFITT) reply"
    > Wrote this in the INFITT WG on Unicode:
    > --------------
    > Deprecation of U+0BB6 cannot be done because:
    > a) Unicode stability policy prohibits moving or removing
    > an encoded letter. If some user does not want it, that's fine.
    > b) U+0BB6 is very much needed for one-to-one transliteration
    > between Indic scripts including Tamil. (This is the main
    > reason I was enthusiastic about 0bb6 getting into Tamil
    > code chart)
    > c) Sri conjunct, a Sanskrit loan word in Tamil, is defined
    > using 0bb6 and its equivalent in all Indian languages.
    > (Yes, there could be approximating transcriptions,
    > but SRI's exact transliteration needs 0bb6).
    > Naga Ganesan

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