Re: Unicode Conformance (was: Re: News of AFII...)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Dec 23 1998 - 09:30:55 EST

Kenneth Whistler wrote:

> It is Chapter 3 which contains the normative definition of conformance
> to the standard.

Here's John's Own Version Of Unicode Compliance:

1) Unicode characters are 16 bits long; deal with it.
2) Byte order is only an issue in files.
3) If you don't have a clue, assume big-endian.
4) Loose surrogates don't mean jack.
5) Neither do U+FFFE and U+FFFF (a.k.a. the zigamorph).
6) Leave the unassigned codepoints alone.
7) It's OK to be ignorant about a character, but not plain wrong.
8) Subsets are strictly up to you.
9) Canonical equivalence matters.
10) Don't garble what you don't understand.

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John Cowan
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	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
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