Re: Unicode market acceptance

From: Tex Texin (
Date: Fri Mar 09 2001 - 12:23:15 EST

I know the list of who's who using Unicode. Me too is not a
compelling business argument. None of these put Unicode as
the sole character set to use, so its simply another way to go.
(OK, I know Java and XML please don't push back on these. Fundamentally,
although they use Unicode I can also support other code pages using
these technologies.)

Poison is a possibility and I am looking into hiring some postal
employees as consultants (hired guns!).

Silliness aside, arguments that work for technical managers are
not the same as work for execs. The success of Unicode is obvious
to us (techies) is not clear to them. Hence the need for an
argument such as n% of web pages will be unicode based, or
n% of XML documents will be unicode based by the year xxx...
We have estimates for (human) language usages on the web, its too
bad there isn't an estimate for when Unicode will dominate.

Anyway, if no one is aware of any data such as I am looking for
we can let this thread die. thanks for the comments to-date though.

Marco Cimarosti wrote:
> Pierpaolo BERNARDI wrote:
> > "It's what Microsoft uses" should work, methinks.
> Tex Texin wrote:
> > Not really. For one, many companies use platforms other than Windows.
> Then add "And it's also used in *Java*, *HTML*, *SQL Server*, and *Oracle*.
> Oh, by the way, and *IBM* has a *free* library to support it".
> The fantasy of any manager should be struck by at least one of the buzzwords
> in underscores. If not, they have probably been impressed simply by the
> *number* of acronyms. Otherwise your managers are a desperate case, consider
> poison in their coffee.
> _ Marco

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