I can't comment on KOI-8 but I can assure that GOST-- now known as
Gosstandart RF in English
is alive and well (A/K/A "the All-Russia Institiute of Standards"). At least
it was when I gave a lecture there last April on a new barcode technology
which I had developed, Ultracode, which is designed to encode the entire ISO
10646-1 character set, with Unicode 2.0 as its default character set.
You might contact Dr Viatcheslav V. Vassiliev, Head of the Department of
Gosstandart RF, 31 Nakhimovsky Prospect 117418 Moscow. Telephone +7 (095)
245-7028. As I recall, his English was very good. I'm sorry, but I don't
have an E-mail address for him.
I will ask my colleagues in Russia about KOI-8 and report back to the
Unicode mailing list what I learn.
(I promised that I will put in the index of Unicode products on the Web
Site, soon. For more information on Ultracode contact me off line at
Zebra Technologies Corporation
From: Frank da Cruz
Date: Saturday, 31 August, 1996 5:13PM
Totally off the subject of recent topics, and for that matter UNICODE
itself (sorry), but does anyone know what the USSR GOST 19768-87 so-called
"New KOI-8" character set is/was? (As opposed to 19768-74 "Old KOI-8" which
is widely used in netnews, etc.) Is it the internal national equivalent of
ISO 8859-5 / ECMA-113, or is it something entirely different?
Also, does anybody know if GOST still exists, and if so, under what name?
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