I concur with Joan that most of these questions should
be directed to vendors, except:
>the ancient Assyrian language (Akkadian) also be a character set in unicode?
>If not, what can be done?
Akkadian has a preliminary encoding proposal, but it and many other
ancient script proposals are backed up behind the work to complete
the encoding for a number of modern scripts used for major national
languages: Mongolian, Burmese, Khmer, Sinhala, as well as other
scripts in the works for post-Unicode 2.0 encoding.
For the present, the best way to deal with Akkadian is by consensus
use of user-defined characters and applications which handle user-defined
characters conformantly and which can allow mapping of user-defined
characters into custom fonts. Any such real implementations making
use of user-defined characters would assist the encoding committees
in standardizing an encoding in the future.
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