I would like to add that one of the weaknesses of INFITT at the moment is that anybody can become a member of INFITT even if that person does not has any real uptodate technical knowledge. Any person who pays the fee can become a member of INFITT. Because of that, debates in the GBINFITT mailing list are often more filled with emotional pleas than with technical arguments.The recent debate concerning the expression "EXTENDED TAMIL" was a good example. The people who took part in the debate did not seem to be aware of the fact that similar expressions exist in other geographical domains. In the case of Europe (and of its American satellite ;-) the block called LATIN was certainly not sufficient, which is why it had to be supplement by LATIN-1 SUPPLEMENT LATIN EXTENDED-A LATIN EXTENDED-B LATIN EXTENDED-C LATIN EXTENDED-D LATIN EXTENDED ADDITIONAL Note the technical use of the word EXTENDED See <http://www.unicode.org/charts/> The same can be said of CYRILLIC which is accompanied by CYRILLIC SUPPLEMENT CYRILLIC EXTENDED-A CYRILLIC EXTENDED-B (see the same charts) Russian people seem to be quite happy to have their alphabet used for writing other languages As a member of INFITT since 2003, I have already publicly voiced the opinion (in the GBINFITT mailing list) that the absence of technical selection in the membership of INFITT (and even in its technical working groups) is bad for INFITT's credibility and will have bad consequences in the long run but I seem to be in the minority. -- Jean-Luc Chevillard
Note: Mr Jean Luc Chevillard is originally belong to the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific
Research) in the linguistics section: special field "HISTORY OF LINGUISTICS".Currently on deputation to the EFEO. His specialization is the history of the Tamil grammatical tradition.He has made a French translation of சேனாவரையம், and written a number of articles on the history of Tamil grammar.He also worked on the தேவாரம். See my column in the forthcoming issue of Uyirmai for more details on him.