From: Peter Kirk (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Mar 01 2004 - 17:40:51 EST
On 01/03/2004 14:24, Philippe Verdy wrote:
>From: "Peter Kirk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Aha, here's my way to get the characters I want into Unicode although
>>they have been rejected! I find some near-bankrupt island state and
>>persuade (with a little financial lubrication) its government to set up
>>an official standards committee with me as the chair. I then issue an
>>official national standard including the characters I want to get into
>Possible way to get it... Provided that this country has a chair for its
>national standardization body in some international standard body. That country,
>once it promotes its national standard would have to explain to other countries
>why it needs it and why others should accept to manage with it.
>Your rarely used characters you seem to want are probably not a high priority
>for this government, to costly discuss these issues in international standard
>bodies (think about the cost of air trips, hotels, personnels...)
Don't take me so seriously, when I write :-)
>Yes they can start using Unicode each time it's possible. But lack of money for
>newer developments will still require them to use the tools they have today,
>including lots of legacy software made for 8-bit character processing systems.
>It's really a question of cost, and an important and justified economic
>decision, notably for a country which does not have the same financial power as
>US which can benefit of the largest collection of software and hardware
>solutions in the world.
The cost of software is unlikely to be a serious issue. I haven't been
to Tajikistan, but in many countries in that region almost any software
is available for the cost of copying a CD. As a result Windows XP and
Office XP (probably now 2003) are in general use.
-- Peter Kirk email@example.com (personal) firstname.lastname@example.org (work) http://www.qaya.org/
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