Re: ISO/IEC 10646 versus Unicode

From: James E. Agenbroad (
Date: Fri Jul 19 2002 - 09:24:21 EDT

On Fri, 19 Jul 2002, Marion Gunn wrote:

> Arsa Kenneth Whistler:
> > ...
> [snip]
> > That was two years *before* ISO/IEC 10646-1:1993 was published.
> How many years does it take to get ISO/IEC work item accepted, then
> develop the corresponding Standard to publication stage, Ken? More than
> two? Several, as you well know: 10646 work was already _years_ under way
> before the 'Articles of Incorporation' of Unicode were filed.
JEA: To clarify, could some one say when the ISO 10646 effort began? Does
it antedate Ed Hart's "ASCII and EBCDIC: Character set and code issues in
systems application architecture" published by SHARE in June 1989? From
its preface: "This activity started as a result of a challenge from the
Human Factors Project at the SHARE 67 meeting in August, 1986."
In ISO-IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2 N619R Date: 7 January 1991: "Document Register:
N 1 Register of documents tabled at Kyoto and ad-hoc meeting
N 2 Draft agenda of Kyoto ad-hoc meeting
N 3 Initial membership and mailing list
N 4R WG2 program of work (=97/2 N1436) and goals (=97/2 N1436 Annex)"
I do not have these early WG2 documents which might have dates.
> > [snip]

> - of awl da bars in awl da wurrall -

JEA: Love the dialect.
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