From: Theodore H. Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 22 2003 - 08:51:10 EDT
Thanks for clarifying this. Unfortunately this seems to be the lot with
Unicode. Much misinformation flying around the internet!
I really do think Unicode.org could gain from getting an additional
section, and a redesign'ed website. A simpler description for people
who just want some kind of a background, instead of just for
I KNOW you are going to say you already have this, but I have looked
over your website, and it's not as simple and "newbie friendly" as
w3schools is a perfect example of making complex technologies
accessible to newbies. Hows about a unicodeschools.com, eh? (Hopefully
domain name spammers haven't taken it).
> The claim that the CJK-using countries were not involved in Unicode/
> ISO 10646 is simply false. They, through their various national
> standards bodies, have been deeply involved since the beginning.
> Also, the claims that "full literacy" requires knowledge of all the
> ancient character forms (10,000 and up) is as silly as the claim that
> full literacy in English requires one to be able to read Beowulf, and
> perhaps Cicero too, in the original.
> The details of the Han unification scheme were devised precisely by
> experts from and in the relevant countries. It was not imposed on
> Unicode by "the West".
> The author of this diatribe does not understand how the non-BMP
> characters work, or just how much space there is.
> There are no less than 70K Han characters in Unicode 4.0.
Thats quite a lot. Personally I'm glad I only have to know 26 (x2 for
One thing though, the author mentioned that there are 5 latin sets in
Unicode? I have noticed some replication, there is one block that looks
like latin, just with a different font! It looked like "Old English"
writing, but it could have been called Ogham perhaps, or maybe my
memory fails me.
That really is a bad idea anyhow. I'm not sure why there is gregorian,
either. Why can't they just use ASCII? Thats also a bad idea.
-- Theodore H. Smith - Macintosh Consultant / Contractor. My website: <www.elfdata.com/>
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