From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Wed Feb 23 2000 - 10:16:44 EST

Thus spake "N.R.Liwal" <>:

> What if UNICODE devote a Web Site for PUA, that user will provide
> a BMP of the Code point they used (if it is of General Intereset),
> the next user will not use the point and will use the next,
> this should be on volunteer basis
> and the user must be free to use it or not.

This would be a complete repudiation of everything the Consortium has
ever said about the PUA. We can be all thankful that this idea will
never become reality.

The Private Use Area is intended to be PRIVATE. That means each user
may allocate code points as he sees fit, but those allocations may not
(and almost certainly will not) match anyone else's. That is what the
PUA was designed for, and that is how it should be.

Who would decide whether a new character is "of general interest"? The
user providing the image, right? How long do you think it would take
to fill up all 24,576 code points? A day? Maybe a few days at most?

This is a weak attempt to get around the normal procedures for adding
characters to Unicode/ISO 10646. Instead of gathering examples,
establishing a consensus, submitting a proposal, and going through
the arduous but necessary bureaucratic process of getting a character
approved, what is proposed here is to let individuals upload a bitmap
and have that glyph AUTOMATICALLY made part of the standard. No
research, no bidi properties, no canonical decomposition, no case
mappings, not even necessarily a name. What fun! What chaos!

Please refer to Ken Whistler's message of 2000-01-29, "Re: Afghan
Currency Sign ( Where to Add new Currency Sign)" for correct details
about proposing a character for inclusion in Unicode. Until a new
character is approved, anyone is free to encode it in the PUA; but that
Use, like all other Uses in that Area, will remain Private.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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