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Tibetan is a Unicode block containing characters for the Tibetan, Dzongkha, and other languages of Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, and northern India. The Tibetan Unicode block is unique for having been allocated as a standard virama-based encoding for version 1.0, removed from the Unicode Standard when unifying with ISO 10646 for version 1.1, then reintroduced as an explicit root/subjoined encoding, with a larger block size in version 2.0.

Tibetan
Range U+0F00..U+0FFF
(256 code points)
Plane BMP
Scripts Tibetan (207 char.)
Common (4 char.)
Major alphabets Tibetan
Dzongkha
Assigned 211 code points
Unused 45 reserved code points
2 deprecated
Unicode version history
1.0.0 71 (+71)
1.1 0 (-71)
2.0 168 (+168)
3.0 193 (+25)
4.1 195 (+2)
5.1 201 (+6)
5.2 205 (+4)
6.0 211 (+6)
Note: When unifying with ISO 10646, the Tibetan block was removed with version 1.1, then reintroduced with a new encoding model for version 2.0.[1][2]

BlockEdit

Tibetan[1][2][3]
Official Unicode Consortium code chart (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+0F0x
 NB 
U+0F1x
U+0F2x
U+0F3x ༿
U+0F4x
U+0F5x
U+0F6x
U+0F7x ཿ
U+0F8x
U+0F9x
U+0FAx
U+0FBx ྿
U+0FCx
U+0FDx
U+0FEx
U+0FFx
Notes
1.^ As of Unicode version 10.0
2.^ Grey areas indicate non-assigned code points
3.^ Unicode code points U+0F77 and U+0F79 are deprecated in Unicode 5.2 and later

HistoryEdit

The following Unicode-related documents record the purpose and process of defining specific characters in the Tibetan block:

Version Final code points[a] Count L2 ID WG2 ID Document
2.0 U+0F00..0F47, 0F49..0F69, 0F71..0F8B, 0F90..0F95, 0F97, 0F99..0FAD, 0FB1..0FB7, 0FB9 168 (to be determined)
N1227 Anderson, Lloyd (1995-06-21), Tibetan in 10646 
N1263 Everson, Michael (1995-09-18), On the Complexity of Tibetan Character Names 
L2/03-267 Duff, Tony (2003-08-18), Comments on Public Review Issue #12 (Terminal Punctuation) 
L2/03-268 Fynn, Christopher (2003-08-18), Unicode Tibetan [explanation of Unicode in Tibetan] 
L2/05-073 Freytag, Asmus; Fynn, Christopher (2005-02-09), Basic line Breaking rules for Tibetan, Dzongkha, & Ladakhi 
L2/08-287 Davis, Mark (2008-08-04), Public Review Issue #122: Proposal for Additional Deprecated Characters 
L2/08-304 Fynn, Christopher (2008-08-09), Tibetan Chars in PR 122 
L2/08-253R2 Moore, Lisa (2008-08-19), "Public Review Issue 122 - Deprecated Characters", UTC #116 Minutes 
L2/08-328 Whistler, Ken (2008-10-14), Spreadsheet of Deprecation and Discouragement 
L2/08-328.xls Whistler, Ken (2008-10-14), Spreadsheet of Deprecation and Discouragement 
3.0 U+0F6A, 0F96, 0FAE..0FB0, 0FB8, 0FBA..0FBC, 0FBE..0FCC, 0FCF 25 (to be determined)
L2/98-024 N1660 Everson, Michael (1997-12-08), Proposal to encode Tibetan Extensions in ISO/IEC 10646 
L2/98-218 N1756 Anderson, Lloyd; Chilton, Robert; Duff, Tony; Everson, Michael; Fynn, Christopher; McGowan, Rick; Sirlin, Sam; Whistler, Ken; Умаков, Валерий (1998-05-27), Proposal for Tibetan Extensions to the UCS 
L2/98-330 N1921 Subdivision Proposal on JTC 1.02.18.01 for Amendment 31: Tibetan Extension to ISO/IEC 10646-1, 1998-10-28 
L2/98-331 N1922 Combined PDAM registration and consideration ballot on WD for ISO/IEC 10646-1/Amd. 31, AMENDMENT 31: Tibetan Extension, 1998-10-28 
L2/99-079.2 N1977R DRAFT Irish Comments on SC 2 N 3212, 1999-01-19 
L2/99-079.1 N1979R Chinese Comments on SC 2 N 3212, 1999-01-27 
L2/99-079 Summary of Voting on SC 2 N 3212, PDAM ballot on WD for ISO/IEC 10646-1/Amd. 31: Tibetan Extension, 1999-02-12 
L2/99-111 Text for FPDAM ballot of ISO/IEC 10646, Amd. 31 - Tibetan extensions, 1999-04-06 
L2/99-256 N2070 Summary of Voting on SC 2 N 3310, ISO 10646-1/FPDAM 31 - Tibetan extension, 1999-08-19 
L2/99-307 N2129 Paterson, Bruce (1999-09-20), Disposition of Comments Report on SC 2 N 3310, ISO/IEC 10646-1/FPDAM 31, AMD. 31: Tibetan extension 
L2/99-308 N2130R Paterson, Bruce (1999-10-01), Revised Text for FDAM ballot of ISO/IEC 10646-1/FDAM 31, - AMD. 31: Tibetan extension 
L2/99-352 N2130R ISO 10646-1, Amd. #31 -- Tibetan with correct code charts, 1999-11-01 
L2/99-361 Everson, Michael (1999-11-09), Corrected text for ISO/IEC 10646-1/FDAM 31 -- Tibetan extension 
L2/00-071 Table of replies on ISO/IEC 10646-1: 1993/FDAM 31: Tibetan Extensions, 2000-03-02 
4.1 U+0FD0..0FD1 2 L2/04-007 N2694 Everson, Michael; Fynn, Christopher (2003-12-30), Proposal to encode two Bhutanese marks for Dzongkha in the UCS 
5.1 U+0F6B..0F6C 2 L2/05-338 N3010 West, Andrew (2005-10-25), Comments on N2985 -- Balti Tibetan additions 
L2/05-279 Moore, Lisa (2005-11-10), "Scripts - Tibetan", UTC #105 Minutes 
L2/06-231 Moore, Lisa (2006-08-17), "Scripts - Tibetan characters for Balti", UTC #108 Minutes 
L2/05-244 N2985 Everson, Michael (2009-09-04), Proposal to add four Tibetan characters for Balti to the BMP of the UCS 
U+0FCE 1 L2/05-345R N3011 West, Andrew (2005-10-24), Proposal to encode one Tibetan astrological character 
U+0FD2..0FD4 3 L2/05-346 N3012 West, Andrew (2005-10-24), Proposal to encode three archaic Tibetan characters 
L2/05-347 Fynn, Christopher (2005-10-27), Comments on: N3012 - Proposal to encode three archaic Tibetan characters 
L2/05-364 Fynn, Christopher (2005-11-03), Re: New Tibetan Proposals 
L2/06-043 N3032 West, Andrew (2006-01-30), Proposal to encode one Tibetan punctuation mark 
L2/06-044 N3033 West, Andrew (2006-01-30), Proposal to encode two archaic Tibetan punctuation marks 
5.2 U+0FD5..0FD8 4 L2/07-148 N3268 Everson, Michael; Fynn, Christopher; Scharf, Peter; West, Andrew (2007-05-09), Proposal to encode four religious characters in the Tibetan block 
L2/09-060 N3537 Lata, Swaran (2008-10-14), Proposal to add India specific annotation to Right facing Svasti 
L2/08-379 Suignard, Michel (2008-10-21), "Ireland T5", Disposition of comments on SC2 N 3989 (PDAM text for Amendment 6 to ISO/IEC 10646:2003) 
6.0 U+0F8C..0F8F 4 L2/09-032 N3568 West, Andrew; Fynn, Christopher (2009-01-24), Proposal to encode four Tibetan-Sanskrit letters used in Kalacakra texts 
U+0FD9..0FDA 2 L2/09-033 N3569 West, Andrew (2009-01-24), Proposal to encode two Tibetan annotation marks 
  1. ^ Proposed code points and characters names may differ from final code points and names

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Unicode character database". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Enumerated Versions of The Unicode Standard". The Unicode Standard. Retrieved 2016-07-09.