Re: Last Call: UTF-16

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Aug 18 1999 - 10:22:21 EDT

Eric Brunner wrote:

> With the recent exception of the Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabary,
> the standards bodies of the member states in the Americas have shown
> no interest in the technical requirements for the indigenous languages
> of the Americas. A quarter million Navajos and no iso3:1 code!

Are there Navajo characters not encoded in the UCS?

> There are lots of other "stateless" linguistic groups, the issue isn't
> an Indian monopoly by any means, and it is only partially mitigated by
> the well intentioned, often pro bono acts of a few individuals.

Michael Everson is not an "individual": he is, for WG2 purposes,
Ireland. If you look through the proposers of the 10646 Amendments,
you will find Ireland as proposer or co-proposer a disproportionate
number of times....

> States
> are not too keen on minority languages ...

Some, even most, states. Not all.

	John Cowan
Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! / Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau,
Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau / Und trank die Milch vom Paradies.
			-- Coleridge / Politzer

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