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Before deciding on individual symbols for an orthography, in many areas of the world a prior decision must be made as to which script to use. Choosing between Latin-based, Arabic-based, Devanagari-based, or some other script is often a matter of identity and politics, and has enormous implications for acceptability of an orthography. This is another area where local speakers' input is essential.
ScriptSource: Writing Systems, Computers, and People - "a dynamic, collaborative reference to the writing systems of the world, with detailed information on scripts, characters, languages - and the remaining needs for supporting them in the computing realm."