Re: [iip] Versals in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, etc. (#56)

I think the syllable cluster is not a limitation in software, but a
necessity for the Indic languages (including Tamil). In fact, not all OS
implement the syllable clusters and a lot is left to the OpenType's glyph
clustering which is a "mistake".

Indian languages are phonetic (in speaking as well as in writing) and
hence, a cluster is not broken. The letters end up losing the meaning with
broken clusters. I think a lot of this has now been "accepted" by hapless
users because most software do not implement these well. Whereas, there
would be "no" examples in writing where there is a line break/hyphenation
or any kind of mid-cluster styling.

On Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 8:38 PM Jan Kučera <> wrote:

> I would argue that the reason we mostly see the whole syllabic cluster as
> drop initial nowadays is due to software constraints. Similarly in
> epigraphic inscriptions, you can find line breaks in the middle of a
> syllable, which you cannot reproduce using Unicode plaintext now.
> I think it goes down to what the purpose of the standard or guidance is.
> If a particular orthography is practice in the past, is that something we
> want to allow or prevent?
> (Either way, whether vowel marks are valid drop caps on their own is not
> really a point of this issue.)
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