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Abstract : This paper discusses additions to the Arabic script for the representation of the Punjabi language. This adaptation of the Arabic script is called the -Shahmukhi- writing system which is one of the two writing systems of the Punjabi language, the other being Gurmukhi. To begin with, the representation of the Punjabi language in the two scripts is compared. Characteristics of different characters i.e. letters, special symbols, diacritical marks, digits etc, are analyzed. Based on this analysis a new character set is proposed, which is capable of fully representing Punjabi in Shahmukhi. A comparison of this set with Unicode is undertaken to identify missing characters. Inclusion of these characters is proposed with a view to make Shahmukhi compatible with the Unicode standard.

Author: Abbas Malik -



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