From: John Jenkins (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 14:40:07 EDT
On 2003¦~9¤ë30¤é, at ¤U¤È12:01, Asmus Freytag wrote:
> At 11:15 AM 9/30/03 -0400, John Cowan wrote:
>> Isaac Newton spent an unconscionable amount
>> of time, by our standards, messing about with astrology and numerology
> One of the aspects of character encoding and standardization that
> seems to have an unholy fascination for people is its numerical
> aspect. It starts with the catalog number for 10646, which was
> deliberately jiggered to incorporate the number 646, which is the
> catalog number for the 7-bit standards. It continues with the desire
> to see certain characters are specific code locations (for example the
> byte order mark) and continues with the never-ending stream of
> (re-)encoding forms.
> It's just human nature, I guess.
Maybe we should add something to the submission form: "Has this
proposal been approved by a numerologist?"
John H. Jenkins
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