Re: Unicode plane 14 language tags.

From: John Cowan (
Date: Sat Oct 26 2002 - 12:04:37 EDT

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    William Overington scripsit:

    > It seems to me that deprecating these language tags might be a bad thing as
    > the language tags could well have potential use in plain text files on the
    > DVB-MHP (Digital Video Broadcasting - Multimedia Home Platform) platform in
    > order to signal to a Java program accessing a text file the language in
    > which any particular text is written.

    Of course, deprecation does not mean that the characters cannot be used,
    still less (what it means in most standards bodies) that they may be
    removed in future. Once in Unicode, always in Unicode.

    Nevertheless, on the facts described, I agree that this is an appropriate
    use of Plane 14. However, I am somewhat skeptical that the facts *are*
    as described: is it really the case that *plain* text files are being
    used here?

    John Cowan
    "The competent programmer is fully aware of the strictly limited size of his own
    skull; therefore he approaches the programming task in full humility, and among
    other things he avoids clever tricks like the plague."  --Edsger Dijkstra

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