From: Michael Everson (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jul 18 2003 - 06:42:58 EDT
At 12:16 +0200 2003-07-18, Philippe Verdy wrote:
>Is there some work at CEN to align its MES-2 subset into a revized
>(MES-2.1 ???) which not only takes into consideration the ISO10646
>reference but also its Unicode properties to make this set
>self-closed, and actually implementable, at least with NFC closure
>and case-mappings closure?
No. The relevant CEN committee is now dormant.
>I still note that modern Hebrew and Arabic are excluded from MES-2,
>as they are not used in any official language in the European Union
>or EFTA, or future EU candidates. But They are certainly of great
>interest for countries with which the EU is a major partner, and
>which are using these scripts. In some future, it would be needed to
>include support for modern Georgian (a subset of U+10A0..U+10FF),
>and modern Armenian (a subset of U+0530..U+058F), as well as some
>characters from Cyrillic Supplementary (in U+0500..U+052F).
The European Multilingual Subset supports all of Latin, Greek,
Cyrillic, and Armenian. Unicode supports Hebrew and Arabic.
>On the opposite, I don't understand why MES-2 included characters
>in row U+25xx (Box Drawing, Block Elements, Geometric Shapes)
Legacy compatability with IBM and others.
>which are not strictly needed for text purpose (notably legal
>publications of the E.U., which should better use markup systems),
>and the two Alphabetic Presentation Forms U+FB01..U+FB02 (<fi> and
><fl> ligatures) which are really unneeded, even for legal purposes,
>or they should have been coherent and included <ff>, <ffi>, <ffl>
Legacy compatibility with Apple.
>I suppose that this may come from widely used legacy encodings in
>some EU+EFTA+European Council countries, but CEN should have avoided
>them (they could still be selected by font renderers, if available
You are entitled to your opinion. This work was begun and finished long ago.
-- Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * * http://www.evertype.com
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