Re: New Ideographs in Unicode 3.0 and Beyond

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Sep 08 1999 - 17:37:08 EDT

Kenneth Whistler scripsit:

> It is intentional -- not a mistake. Either a character itself
> or a radical can be the shortest description of itself. That
> lends substance to the preference to use the shortest description
> possible. If a character is encoded, there is normally no reason to use
> IDC's to write a longer IDS for it (except for limited didactic
> purposes).

Okay, so John Jenkins's statement that an IDS should not be used in place
of an encoded character applies only to IDSes with > 1 character.

Thanks for the prompt authoritative reply.

John Cowan                         
       I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin

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