Category talk:Entries which need Avestan script

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I think I've read that Avestan was postponed to Unicode 5.2, together with Egyptian hieroglyphs. Since apparently no consesus was reached for scripts/languages that haven't been changing for thousands of years, they did manage to agree on reserving ~150 code points for Mahjong and Domino tiles though. Nevertheless, this category will be very useful in a few years. --Ivan Štambuk 00:45, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

I wasn't aware of hieroglyphs, that should be sweet. 'Tis certainly unfortunate about Avestan. Atelaes 00:47, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
I've created Appendix:Avestan alphabet that uses the most popular transliteration scheme (that of Hoffmann) and made a customized version of ALPHABETUM Unicode Demo that map's it's glyphs to codepoints in accordance with the latest Everson Unicode proposal (the one from 2007-2-9), so if anybody would like to play around with Avestan letters, drop me your e-mail on my talk page or on my e-mail and I'll send it to you.
Link to the Avestan's status in the pipeline.
I'm pretty sure that there'll be no changes for Avestan by the time that Unicode 5.2 becomes active. Avestan script was simple and phonetic alphabet (not some complex abjad or abugida), and the proposal handles 4 the most common ligatures (which are to be treated at font-display level). Similarly, Aegean font had support for Lycian/Lydian/Carian for years before 5.1 became active, and they didn't change anything from the time of the original proposals, when the Aegean font was made.
Scripts that should encode hundreds and thousands of code points, such as Egyptian hieroglyphs or Tangut ideograms are entirely different category. But Avestan is fairly simple, and not likely to change. At worse, if some characters get relocated, a few hundreds articles, that would possibly be created in Avestan alphabet by the 2009/10 when 5.2 becomes active, could be moved by a bot to newly allocated code points. Something similar have been discussing recently Mzajac and myself about Old Church Slavonic, for Unicode 5.1 has differents view on some Early Cyrillic letters than 5.0. A few hundred entries (out of ~2100) ought to be relocated.
Opinions? --Ivan Štambuk 16:02, 21 April 2008 (UTC)