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Re: [css-counter-styles] The duplication of `bengali` and `eastern-nagari` may not be necessary

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:57:02 -0700
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDCbbjPYGM2DQkb5uaTAE+2uc+mF1qz4bcPL1L2BcPcPHQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: 梁海 <lianghai@gmail.com>
Cc: WWW International <www-international@w3.org>
[-www-style, +www-international]

Forwarding your message on to the Internationalization WG, who is
maintaining the document with those styles.

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM, 梁海 <lianghai@gmail.com> wrote:
> Tab Atkins and all,
>
> Of course, about the LCWD:
>
> I noticed that, besides a reasonable counter style for Bengali, `bengali`,
> there's an style identical to `bengali` but is named `eastern-nagari` and
> cataloged under "6. Devanagari". See below:
>
> 4. Bengali
> @counter-style bengali {
> system: numeric;
> symbols: '\9E6' '\9E7' '\9E8' '\9E9' '\9EA' '\9EB' '\9EC' '\9ED' '\9EE'
> '\9EF';
> /* symbols: '০' '১' '২' '৩' '৪' '৫' '৬' '৭' '৮' '৯'; */
> }
>
> 6. Devanagari
> …
> @counter-style eastern-nagari {
> system: numeric;
> symbols: '\9E6' '\9E7' '\9E8' '\9E9' '\9EA' '\9EB' '\9EC' '\9ED' '\9EE'
> '\9EF';
> /* symbols: '০' '১' '২' '৩' '৪' '৫' '৬' '৭' '৮' '৯'; */
> }
> …
>
> These two style are identical, which obviously would confuse developers. I
> was wondering why they are listed twice.
>
> And to clarify:
> 1. Eastern Nagari is not a variant or subset of Devanagari. They may be
> regarded as siblings though.
> 2. Eastern Nagari is more a historical concept (of the evolution of
> Indic/Brahmic scripts), from which Bengali script developed. Eastern Nagari
> is not a modern script.
> 3. The term Eastern Nagari may also be used as an umbrella term for its
> modern variants, which mainly consists of Bengali and Assamese script.
> Bengali and Assamese language actually employ roughly the same alphabet but
> differs in usage of some letters, which results in a unified Unicode code
> block.
> 4. It indeed may be more politically correct to say "Eastern Nagari" when
> you refer to the script of Bengali or Assamese.
>
> Please let me know if there's already discussions about this issue. I failed
> to find any in the archives.
>
> --
> LIANG Hai(梁海)
>
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