Re: Is it true that Unicode is insufficient for Oriental languages?

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Thu May 22 2003 - 11:57:02 EDT

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    Theodore H. Smith <delete at elfdata dot com> wrote:

    > I was reading this page:
    > It says that Unicode is insufficient for Oriental languages. This is
    > mostly at the bottom of the page, where it says some characters are
    > left out.

    I wrote a diatribe against this article some time ago. The article is
    long on FUD and short on facts. Other than the charges that evil
    Westerners with no knowledge of or interest in Chinese manipulated the
    encoding process, there is the mysterious claim that all CJK characters
    must be encoded in a single contiguous block in order to be useful.

    The article used to end with a statement to the effect that Hastings
    Research (see URL) was "working on a solution" to the alleged problems,
    which means they had a financial stake in claiming that Unicode was
    inadequate to handle CJK without their outside assistance. I noticed
    that the statement has since been removed from the page.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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