As you are aware, International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil (INFITT -http://www.infitt.org) through its Unicode Working Group has worked on several proposals in the past and is working on many proposal to enrich the Tamil Unicode block and offer advise to other Unicode blocks. Several of our members are experts in multiple languages of the world and
technologist who implement Unicode in various IT application areas. Our Members Language knowledge base extends to Tamil, English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sanskrit, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, Korean, Malayan, Sinhalese, Japanese, Arabic to specify a few.
After carefully reviewing the proposal to encode Characters for Extended Tamil (L2/10-256R)authored by Mr. Shriramana Sharma that proposes to add some new characters to an "Extended Tamil Block" in SMP, proposal L2/10-425 written by Mr. Vinodh Rajan to encode in BMP, INFITT Working Group (WG-02) on Tamil Unicode and the leaders of INFITT concluded that the proposed characters do not belong in a Tamil Script block but perhaps Grantha Indic characters used to write other Indo-Aryan / Dravidian Languages. INFITT has also reached out to various Tamil Department Heads, Vice Chancellors , Tamil Language experts, All have opined that the proposal L2/10-256R, L2/10-425 are grossly misleading and have to be rejected outright. We have also enclosed few samples of the letters received from Tamil Scholars and IT industry experts and Tamils over the world. A list of linguists and technologists who have written to us confirming this fact is also listed at the end of this letter. Should you need copy of all letters, please feel free to drop a note, we will submit all the letters calling for rejections of these two proposals L2/10-256R, L2/10-425 to you.
Continuation to our letter dated September 30 2011 and your acceptance no L2/10-363 and in view of the views expressed by Tamil Scholars and other Indic Scholars, if UTC decides to give representation to these additional characters that are created to support other indic languages,
perhaps UTC can choose to name as below, representing the nature of the character set recommended.
1. Grantha Indic Character
2. Grantha Dravidian Character
3. Grantha South Asian Character
4. Grantha Augmented Character
5. Grantha Linear Character
Unicode Tech committee can choose any of the names to name these new characters in line with purpose they are used for.
We are also pleased inform you that INFITT WG02 working group experts on Unicode are working on the following proposals to further enrich Unicode
1. Adding Archaic Tamil symbols and scripts of Tamil
2.Encoding the correct canonical forms Tamil Characters in the new Extended Tamil block(11B5 to 11CF, requested in the proposal L2/10-408) and Grantha Characters in the extended Grantha block (11D0 to 11D7 requested in the proposal L2/10-408) in SMP, thus extending wide Unicode Usage to Tamil Publishing Industry, currently crippled with limitations.
Should you need clarifications or assistance feel free to reach me in my cell.
Chair and ED ,INFITT