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

From: 梁海 <lianghai@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:29:48 +0800
To: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <1105022C9AD44AF9A9D7155DF8AE4495@gmail.com>
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.  

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LIANG Hai(梁海)
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