Thursday, October 14, 2010

Unicode Mandaic!

Steve Caruso shared the big news that the latest version of Unicode includes Mandaic characters!


  1. This has been a very long time in the coming, and believe it or not, I played a small role in it: in June of 2008, I contributed a revised introduction to Proposal N3485R, and advised the UC Berkeley Script Encoding Initiative on the direction of the ligatures. My biggest contribution, though, was convincing them to add the stylized Arabic ayn and the diacritics that are used in the Mandaean schools (0859, 085A, and 085B), which effectively means that these characters can be used to write Neo-Mandaic as well.