Word splitting & hyphenation conventions in roman transliteration

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 14 22:36:58 UTC 1999

Hayavadana wrote:
>because there are only 26 letters in the roman alphabet and there
>are no ligatures (samyuktakshara's). because printing technology in
>a linear script (one letter next to another) is much more simply
>implemented and we can use the technology that is already
>developed for western languages (like standardised computer and
>printing equipment), and so producing printed materials becomes

  This is true as far as Tamil orthography is concerned.
  That is the reason why Printing came first to Tamil among
  Indian languages; For printing the Bible, also a first
  among all Asian languages.

  So, also Typewriters - they came first to Tamil.

  In DTP, Prof. George Hart got a grant from Apple Computers
  and developed first fonts  25 years ago. Now,
  Tamil e-mail is a forerunner (http://www.tamil.net).

  OCR will first succeed in Tamil because there are NO cluster
  alphabets (samyuktaksharas) and it is a linear script
  (one letter follows another separately).

  Imposing Nagari script on Tamil will be a step backward.
  And, is not in tune with the times!

  Roman script with or without diacriticals is a definite
  advancement for all Indian languages.

  N. Ganesan

  PS: With just 30 keys on a computer board (phonetic keyboard),
  entire Tamil writing can be encompassed. Simply, just 12 vowels
  and 18 consonants. That's all.

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