From: D. Starner (email@example.com)
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 23:23:53 EST
> > Not safe for what? I've come across six characters that
> > Unicode at all.
As a side note, for Everson, all of which I've reported to
this list before.
> Then I'm puzzled as to the purpose of this proposed subset.
Right now, we accept Latin-1, because the guy who created it
didn't think about character sets at all, with various markup
systems for other Latin characters and transliterated Greek
outside of Latin-1, and no way to handle anything outside that
range. We have a selector, so if you're working with a standard
American keyboard at a library, you can still input the
Latin-1 and Greek characters. This also works well if you don't
want to mess with your system at home.
I'd like to break down the sections of Unicode into similar
size panels (less then 96 characters) that can be swapped
in and out. If we decompose characters, Latin-1 and Extended-A
can be stuffed in one panel, replacing the Latin-1 panel we
currently have. It would be nice to stuff the rest of Latin
in one panel.
> Books before 1923, especially scholarly books concerned with
> mathematics and logic, might contain almost any character
> coded in Unicode as well as characters not currently coded in
> including idiosyncratic characters that will never be encoded
> Unicode. They are also likely to contain characters from
> scripts and many symbols.
Math is moot right now; we're using TeX. Non-Latin is moot,
because that's handled by other panels, and with the exception
of Greek, is probably going to get passed off to relative
experts. Some selection of symbols will find its way into
> Why prescribe a closed subset?
I'm not. I'm creating a useful tool. If you want to open
Character Map and insert characters, then you are welcome
to do so. But some can't use that tool (i.e. library
computers), and many want something more convienant and
localized to what they'll encounter.
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