Re: CJK Unification (was: A basic question on encoding Latin characters)

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Sep 27 1999 - 10:19:47 EDT

Otfried Cheong scripsit:

> I believe the JIS standard actually prescribes the shapes of the
> glyphs for each character, and this is perhaps exactly the grief that
> Japanese have with Unicode. If you are used to think about a
> codepoint being associated with a well-defined shape, the lose view
> that Unicode takes seems rather careless.

Perhaps this is also related to Japanese people thinking of kanji as
coming from a fixed list, with extensibility provided by other means,
whereas Chinese people think of hanzi as infinitely extensible?

John Cowan                         
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