Re: Perception that Unicode is 16-bit (was: Re: Surrogate space in

From: Erland Sommarskog (
Date: Sun Feb 25 2001 - 18:40:29 EST writes:
> In a message dated 2001-02-20 09:53:50 Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> > An alphabet is a type of writing system, something that is implemented for
> > a particular language. Certainly Latin is the name of a language while
> > Roman is not, and so "Latin alphabet" is correct while "Roman alphabet"
> > would not be.
> Counterexample: The "Cyrillic" script is used to write Russian, Bulgarian,
> Serbian, Ukrainian, etc. This is an especially useful term precisely because
> there is no "Cyrillic" language, and so the term does not favor any one
> language over others.

In practice, though, just as the "Latin alphabet" actually means the
English alphabet, the "Cyrillic alphabet" most often refers to the
Russian alphabet.

Erland Sommarskog, Stockholm,

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