Re: ISO/IEC 10646-1: 2000 submitted to ISO for publication

From: Robert A. Rosenberg (
Date: Fri Mar 03 2000 - 14:23:36 EST

At 07:17 AM 03/02/2000 -0800, Alain wrote:
>The current trend at ISO is to sell it by the page, with the same pricing
>criteria as for a publication on paper (but it will be published on CD-ROM
>only), but that makes no sense whatsoever indeed, taking into account that
>the Unicode standard is available for less than 50 USD, as Markus says.

Forget about the Unicode Standard book's cost (wrong paradyne since you are
comparing Paper vs Paper that way). ISO should realize and enter the 21st
Century (which is already here [or will be in less than 10 months <g>]) and
stop pretending that the cost of creating a CD is based on the number of
pages of content it contains. Once the actual content is created, the cost
of PRODUCING the CD is the same whether the media contains a 50Meg document
or 650Megs of Documents. For a paper copy there actually is some
justification for a per-page price since the larger it is, the more it
costs to produce (more paper, ink, time to print the required number of
total copies, etc.) unlike a CD where the CD is pressed and thus the amount
of data on it is not an issue (ie: It takes the same time/effort and cost
to press a 50Meg CD as a 650M one).

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