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Proposal to Encode the Kaithi Script in ISO/IEC 10646


This is a proposal to encode the Kaithi script in the international character encoding standard Unicode. The script was published in Unicode Standard version 5.2 in October 2009. The script was used for administrative communication from at least the 19c until the early 20c to write Bhojpuri, Magahi, Awadhi, Maithili, Urdu, and other languages related to Hindi. It was also used in religious and literary materials, to record commercial transactions, and in correspondence and personal communication. The Kaithi script was eventually supplanted by Devanagari.

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