Re: Chemistry on chinesse. (CJK)

From: Antoine Leca (
Date: Thu Jan 25 2001 - 07:43:16 EST

Erik Garre's wrote:
> --- In, Michael Everson <everson@e...> wrote:
> >There is no reason the Chinese or anyone else cannot write this [chemical
> >elements] with LATIN
> If this is true, why was aproved the U+338E?

Because it existed as a single element in one of the pre-existing, widely
used, encoding standards.

As this is explained with great details in the Unicode Standard, some
characters are encoded in Unicode for round-trip compatibility rather
than for actual use. These characters can be detected by looking at
their properties: they always have a (usually compatible) decomposition.

A clue: the name of the U+33xx block is "CJK compatibility"...


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