Re: FW: Inappropriate Proposals FAQ

From: Kenneth Whistler (
Date: Wed Jul 03 2002 - 15:17:06 EDT


> Can people from the review committee give me some hard and fast rules for
> when something is thrown out?

As Michael Everson indicated, the answer to this is probably not.

However, perhaps the most important thing for serious script
proposers to do, to see if what they are concerned about might be
acceptable, is to consult the Roadmap:

If a script is listed there in the Roadmap for the BMP or for Plane 1,
then people can be assured that interested members of the encoding
committees have *already* made a tentative determination that
the script is suitable for encoding, although a proposal may not
actually exist yet, and of course, there are no guarantees until the
committees actually do the work on fully filled-out formal proposals.

But if a "script", like the MIIB BurgerKing cipher mentioned today,
or chess diagram notation, is missing from the Roadmap, there is probably
a *good* reason for it not to be there, and people should think twice
(and then again) before they start proposing it for encoding in Unicode.


Another "missing" example:

The "voice which shook the earth", from Chapter IV, verse 44 of
one of the Holy Books of Thelema:

Disclaimer: The UTC New Scripts committee does not discriminate
among script applicants on the basis of race, color, gender,
religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age,
disability, or veteran status. However, if they are risible,
we reserve the right to laugh. ;-)

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