Re: [Proposal] Extended UTF-16 by using Plane 14

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Tue Apr 13 1999 - 12:30:40 EDT

Christian Wittern <> writes:

> The characters in question have deliberately not undergone the unification
> in question, since the preservation of the exact glyph shape is deemed of
> interest. This again is a reason to use the private character area, and
> again, it is a reason the number of characters needed might possibly exceed
> 131000.

Then they don't want a character set, they want a glyph registry. If one
really *does* want to create access to a vast number of glyphs through
Unicode, then it would be best to take a CCCII-type approach and classify
the glyphs into families representing the abstract character of which they
are all variant appearances. You can then use a zero-width "variant tag" to
distinguish them. This is an approach Apple is investigating as a means of
helping solve the variant problem among ideographs.

John H. Jenkins

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