Re: Hexadecimal character entry (ISO 14755)

From: Alain LaBont\i\ (
Date: Tue Jun 08 1999 - 14:08:54 EDT

A 07:45 99-06-08 -0700, John Cowan a écrit :
>Markus Kuhn wrote:
>> The ASCII digits 0-9 *are* globally known, thanks to a product of Earth
>> civilization commonly referred to as the "telephone".
>Do you specifically know that the Arabic-Indic digits are not used
>on telephone dials in Arabic-script-using countries? Anyhow, the
>point is to type Unicode characters on computer keyboards, not
>telephone keypads.

Who knows?... in fact at least ISO/IEC 9995-8 assigns the 26 letters of the
Latin alphabet to the numbers of a numeric keypad, including telephone and
ATM pads (after a long war between international bankers and North-American
telephone companies allied with publicity firms, for the placement of the Q
and the Z -- recent telephone sets in North America and Japan now show the
Q and the Z on 7 and 9 like in the ISO/IEC standard)...

There are several methods (some extremely efficient, some very stupid but
effective for limited tasks) to enter alpha data from a telephone set
(well, you enter numbers in reality, but pattern-matching, the most
efficient methods, allow to tie this to alpha data). One could *easily*
imagine a method for UCS ids entry...

Alain LaBonté
Project editor, ISO/IEC 9995 series of standards (8 parts)

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