Re: Cost per character?

From: James E. Agenbroad (
Date: Mon Jul 31 2000 - 13:51:03 EDT

On Mon, 31 Jul 2000, Christopher J. Fynn wrote:

> Leaving aside implementation costs - has anyone ever come up with a good
> estimate of the cost per character for the development of the Unicode / ISO
> 10646 standards in terms of man hours of experts and their long-suffering
> secretaries, the office space they use, cost of attending and hosting UTC, WG2
> and other meetings, cost of producing and distributing documents for proposals
> etc, communications charges - and a whole host of other things?
> (And maybe there should also be an estimate of all additional the time & work
> many people have put in to these standards without getting paid for it.)
> - Chris
                                               Monday, July 31, 2000
Three quotations come to mind:

1, J.P.Morgan on the cost of yachting, "If you have to ask you can't
afford it."

2. Source unknown, "All pioneers get arrows in the back."

3. Thoreau or Emerson, I think, "What is the value of a child?"


          Jim Agenbroad ( )
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