Unicode FAQ addendum

From: John Cowan (jcowan@reutershealth.com)
Date: Wed Jul 19 2000 - 12:03:19 EDT

The new Unicode FAQ (like the old) supplies the panting world with
John's Own Version of Unicode Conformance:

1) Unicode code units are 16 bits long; deal with it.
2) Byte order is only an issue in files.
3) If you don't have a clue, assume big-endian.
4) Loose surrogates don't mean jack.
5) Neither do U+FFFE and U+FFFF.
6) Leave the unassigned codepoints alone.
7) It's OK to be ignorant about a character, but not plain wrong.
8) Subsets are strictly up to you.
9) Canonical equivalence matters.
10) Don't garble what you don't understand.

But for 3.0 I will add:

11) Process UTF-* by the book.
12) Treat bogus encodings as junk.
13) Right-to-left scripts have to go by bidi rules.

These conformance sentences match up one-for-one with the conformance
clauses in Chapter 3 (TUS3.0, pp. 37-39).


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