The UTC has posted a new Public Review Issue regarding a proposal to specify optional conjuncts in Malayalam.
In Malayalam there are two prevailing orthographies, traditional and
reformed. Both are written using the same Malayalam character set. The
difference between them is typically manifested only by the font. Traditional
orthography accommodates more full conjuncts, while the reformed orthography
would use visible virama (Chandrakkala) separated sequences for many of those full conjuncts.
This proposal specifies the further use of ZWJ and ZWNJ in sequences in
the Malayalam script to indicate preferences for optional display of conjuncts.
Such sequences are intended to indicate the preferences, both for rendering
systems that support the reformed Malayalam orthography and for systems that
support the traditional Malayalam orthography.
The UTC is seeking feedback on this proposal, regarding its advisability and potential
impacts on implementations, as well as any suggestions for alternative approaches to the
issues raised in the background document.