From: Jony Rosenne (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 05 2004 - 14:21:54 EST
I believe the question could be asked with respect to particular languages.
For an example of Hebrew, see the unofficial English translation of SI 4281
(1998) , Information Technology: Implementation of Hebrew in the Hypertext
Markup Language (HTML), http://www.qsm.co.il/Hebrew/si4281e.htm#render
We tried to specify the minimal requirements for HTML compliance for the
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Kenneth Whistler
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> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: Version(s) of Unicode supported by various
> versions of Microsoft Windows
> Peter said:
> > People *really shouldn't* ask "Does product X support
> Unicode version
> > N?" They should be asking questions like "Can product X correctly
> > perform function Y on such-and-such characters added in Unicode
> > version N?"
> And he's absolutely right.
> However, it is also clear that for the next decade at least
> people will continue to ask the wrong questions about
> products with regard to Unicode support, and we will continue
> to have to find ways to meaningfully field thos questions.
> It isn't really their fault. Outside the character mavens and
> the I18N engineers actually working on the implementations
> nobody can really be expected to understand the intricacies
> of the standard's development or the complications of rolling
> out various kinds of support for various groups of characters
> through API's and functional modules of complex, distributed systems.
> All they know is that Unicode 4.0 has been published, that
> "supporting Unicode" is a good thing, and that product X is
> reputed (or claims) to support Unicode 2.0 --- or whatever.
> If nothing else, we have to find ways to answer the
> unanswerable questions for government agencies, because they
> will find ways to require support for Unicode Version N.N in
> procurement processes, just like they find ways to require
> support for GB 18030, for example.
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