Re: Cultural bias

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Mon Jan 13 1997 - 10:28:21 EST

At 08:12 -0800 1997-01-13, unicode@Unicode.ORG wrote:
>I do not believe we should be overly concerned with density of information
>coding. Communications technology has increased its capacity 100 fold per
>decade over the past two decades while computing technology has only
>increased its capacity about 10 fold per decade in the same timeframe. The
>cost of RAM and hard disk storage has plummeted in my neck of the woods
>over the past two months to the point that even on my starving student
>standards (wish it showed at the waistline!) I can be carefree about data

Can you? What languages do you write?

Do you understand that a six-letter word like éirígí is very common, in our
language, and that storing it as nine characters is an unnecessary burden.
Let's say I have an electronic text of 60K. Suddenly it gets "decomposed"
and becomes 90K. I don't feel served by this.

This is why there are letters with diacritics (not I do not say
"precomposed characters") in the standard. Because they are letters.

My name is Michael. Seven letters. Seven characters. In Irish my name is
Mícheál. Seven letters. In Latin 1, Mac Roman, CP850, seven characters. Why
should that be converted to nine characters?

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