RE: Benefits of Unicode

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Tue Jan 30 2001 - 05:51:19 EST

Ar 13:06 -0800 2001-01-29, scríobh Alistair Vining:

>1) There is no information to identify the language being used, which
>affects sorting, etc.

Same with ASCII. Use markup.

>2) User defined characters, which cause problems in data transmission, are

Only by agreement by sender and receiver. And consider the ConScript
registry. People who want to exchange data can do so

>3) There is no room for further expansion using two-byte (16-bit) codes


>4) There is an excess of similar characters

How many is an excess exactly?

>5) Some characters are created through composition, which destroys the
>fixed-length scheme

It isn't meant to be a fixed-length scheme.

>6) Conversion to/from Unicode is not simple for users of Chinese, Japanese,
>and Korean

Neither is learning to read simple for users of Chinese and Japanese, or
Korean which uses Han.


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