Unicode Standard & ISO-10646 Standard

From: Ricardo Bermell Benet (rbermell@aimplas.es)
Date: Tue May 11 1999 - 04:20:50 EDT

I don't fully understand the relation between ISO-10646 and Unicode.

The most I know is that ISO-10646 is an international standard,
proposed by public national organizations of many countries, and
Unicode is a "standard based in" or ¿implementation of? ISO-10646,
proposed by major American (United States) private organizations.

Not in Unicode site nor in other sites related to these standards
have i found a satisfactory answer.

Following http://www.unicode.org/ one finds:
<< The Unicode Standard is a subset of and code for code identical
to the International Standard ISO/IEC 10646-1:1993 >>

¿Is it a subset? If so, why don't use ISO-10646 as a better (wider) standard.
¿Isn't ISO-10646 usable directly for the same purposes?
¿"Code for code"? ¿What does it mean precisely "to code" here?
¿Is Unicode "code" identical to ISO "code"?
¿Is the diference that Unicode supplies algorithms?
¿? I'm confused

Ricardo Bermell-Benet

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