Re: Ogham & Runic

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri Oct 01 1999 - 11:28:03 EDT

Ar 06:57 -0700 1999-10-01, scríobh John Hudson:
>At the risk of inciting another interminable thread on the politics of
>Unicode, may I ask someone to explain _briefly_ why Ogham and Runic have
>been encoded in the BMP instead of Plane 1?

Technical reasons: They were small, they were simple, they have a high
internet presence (much higher than many other scripts) due to enthusiastic
role-playing-gamers and neo-pagans (a market), and they were ready before
Plane 1 was even a project.

Political reasons: The Irish and Swedish national bodies lobbied rather
unceasingly for the technical reasons given above.

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