I assume that Chris was referring to the fact that there were not yet
surrogate pairs (language tags notwithstanding) that were defined until
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Markus Scherer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Unicode List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: lag time in Unicode implementations in OS, etc?
> sorry for responding to an old thread - comment below.
> Chris Pratley wrote on 2000-oct-03:
> > Surrogate support was not turned on by default in Win2000 because the
> > Windows team was waiting for the standard to be finalized. It was also
> > late, so to reduce the potential impact they had it off - a safe bet
> > the standard was still 1+ years from completion.
> which standard? unicode 2.0 introduced surrogates in 1996. iso 10646-1 got
amended with utf-16 in 1996, too.
> there was nothing new in the technical issues of how to deal with utf-16
> > Chris
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