Re: Sample of symbols useful in Classics (was: Apple's Unicode)

From: Rick McGowan (
Date: Wed Aug 14 1996 - 18:37:49 EDT

A while ago today Ed Cherlin said...

> "In the past, Unicode has been somewhat cramped, and the tendency has been
> to unify characters where possible without infringing on other standards.
> Now with UTF-16 we can afford to separate character sets for clearly
> different uses."

No, no, no, no, no, no. Please don't even start thinking this way. Don't
encourage other people to think this way.

Unification principles are primary. They are independent of how much space we
have at our disposal. Just because we have space doe not mean we should rush
to fill it with junk as fast as we can. The principles are still the

You should read the allocation paper that Becker and I did a long time ago,
which has been adopted, at least in principle, by both UTC and WG2. It is a
rational plan with some good rules of thumb about character encoding.

Encoding a new character is the LAST RESORT.


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