Re: Internal Representation of Unicode

From: John Jenkins (
Date: Tue Sep 30 2003 - 14:40:07 EDT

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    On 2003~930, at U12:01, 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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