The story of the obsolete letters in the Thai alphabet

The story of the obsolete letters in the Thai alphabet - November 8, 2001
Two Thai letters in the Thai alphabet are obsolete. How did that happen? In the late 1800s, Thailand was looking to create the first Thai typewriters. It was found that the Thai alphabet had too many characters to fit on a standard keyboard layout. Khor khoat and khor koh, the most rarely used, were declared obsolete and not put on the typewriter. The modified Smith Premier typewriter was presented to King Rama V sometime in 1892. The whole story is on the Origins of the Thai Typewriter website (offsite). There is also a section on Antique phonographs and gramophones in Thailand (offsite). We here at 2Bangkok.com live for this kind of stuff! Thanks to Don Entz for pointing out this excellent site.
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