From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Mar 01 2004 - 16:19:04 EST
From: "Peter Kirk" <email@example.com>
> I understand that there have been previous attempts to define a new or
> extended Cyrillic 8-but character set supporting Central Asian
> languages, but that such proposals have been rejected. I hardly think
> that Aso would have turned to the Unicode list if he wanted to define an
> 8-bit encoding.
I understand that it has been rejected for inclusion in an international
standard, but still this does not forbid Tadjikistan to define its own national
8-bit standard for writing Tajik in Cyrillic... In the hope that this standard
would promote the support for the characters (missing in the Cyrillic version of
ISO-8859) and initiate the commercial support of appropriate keyboards and
softwares for this Tajik variant.
If Tajikistan defines this standard, it will get its right of entry into the
IANA database of charsets, and Unicode will have to support a complete mapping
for it (if characters are missing), whever it likes it or not, and even if this
standard is not accepted in a chapter of the ISO 8859 international standard...
There's no contradiction here: Tajikistan has the right to define what are its
own needs for its own official language; going to an international standard can
come later, once Tajikistan has proven that it helped promote the correct
support of its language by various software and hardware solutions (keyboards,
fonts, sorting and collating in relational databases, transcoders, filesystem
file names, various communication tools including low-cost ones with limited
processing resources like mobile phones and SMS messaging...).
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