Re: Extension A unihan character info

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Sat Jan 25 1997 - 06:08:01 EST

At 21:17 -0800 1997-01-24, Doug Schitter wrote:
>In the latest updates on the page, there is mention
>that the range of 3400..4DFF has been reserved for 6585 characters
>called "CJK Unified Ideograph, Extension A. ". These have apparently
>passed level 3 acceptance.

What do you mean by this? I am informed that the WG2 "straw poll" of
national bodies with regard to Ext. A in the BMP was "inconclusive" with 8
member bodies voting for and 6 voting against. (The question asked the
member bodies was: "Do you agree that Ext. A go into the BMP, so long as
the IRG never asks to put any other CJK characters into the BMP after
that?") I don't know what the final disposition of the Ext. A was in
Singapore: if the story is the same as for a lot of little Latin letters,
decision was deferred until the next meeting, or until next year.

At least one member body's view was that the BMP was too precious to give
another 10% to CJK characters, considering that Plane 2 is to be dedicated
to CJK, and 8 rows of the BMP are there simply to give access to the
supplementary planes.


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