Re: Hexadecimal in many scripts (ISO 14755)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Fri Jun 04 1999 - 12:17:39 EDT

Michael Everson wrote:

> It sounds like a bad idea to me. All subsets of ISO/IEC 10646 must contain
> ASCII, right?

True but not relevant. The question is, can all keyboards
easily type basic Latin letters and European digits? If so,
there is no need for alternative ways to express hexadecimal
10646 codepoint numbers. But if there are commonly used keyboards
that cannot handle basic Latin letters and European numbers,
then there is an issue, namely this:

It is annoying enough to have to type in random 10646 characters by
code number. It is doubly annoying to have to use some escape
mechanism on the keyboard to be able to enter the code number
at all.

John Cowan
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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