Re: Korean m*, what is it?

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Tue Feb 04 1997 - 05:32:26 EST

On Mon Feb 3, 13:38, (TE Khai-su)
wrote to unicode@Unicode.ORG:
> Would someone explain what the "Korean mess/mischief/whatever" was for us
> latecomers [...]?

On Feb 3, 13:59, (Kenneth Whistler) replied:
> Simply stated, the Korean m* was that the Korean Hangul
> syllables (KS C 5601 1987) that were encoded in Unicode 1.0
> and Unicode 1.1 and originally in ISO 10646-1, were
> *moved* and rearranged, and incorporated into the larger
> "full Johab" set of 11,172 syllables (KS C 5601 1992)
> encoded in Unicode 2.0 and in ISO 10646-1 as amended.
> See the Unicode Standard, Version 2.0, pp. 6-114..6-115
> and D-8 for details.

What is the current ISO 10646-1 edition? Can the amendmend be
acquired separately?

Does the first edition 1993-05-01 contain the original, or the revised,
Hangul coding? (Kenneth Whistler) continued:
> [...] It was also controversial because of the enormous size of the
> full Johab set, which includes many theoretical but unused syllable
> combinations for Korean.

Is it correct that there actually is no need to encode Hanguls (i.e.
syllables), as this script could be equally well encoded as Jamos
(letters)? If I am not mistaken, this would constitute the worst instance
of confusing characters and glyphs: 11,172 code-points wasted for sort of
"representation forms"!

Best wishes,
    Otto Stolz

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