From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Mar 19 2004 - 12:10:47 EST
From: "Marion Gunn" <email@example.com>
> Ar 15:33 +0000 2004/03/18, scríobh Arcane Jill:
> >This probably is going to sound like a really dumb question, but ... Is
> >the BMP being saved for something?
> >Arcane Jill
> There are never any dumb questions, Jill, only dumb answers.
> BMP is part of 10646-speak, and probably part of pre-Unicode terminology.
The BMP is still an implementation barrier for web sites, as long as Microsoft
does not update Internet Explorer so that it will recognize FULL UTF-8 and not
only one of CESU-8 with pairs of surrogates or numeric character references to
display correctly the characters out of the BMP (notably characters in plane 1,
because plane 2 is most often accessed through GB18030).
For now, using characters in plan 1 with NCRs is definitely not a good solution
for the web, and this does not help promoting the adoption of standards related
to characters out of the BMP.
I consider that the current UTF-8 support in Internet Explorer is the major
brake for the adoption of a larger character set that would ease the transition
to more resources using fonts made for characters out of the BMP (additionally
the current registry settings needed to support some characters out of the BMP,
notably for scripts already encoded in Plane 1, is really too complicated for
IE needs an update for UTF-8 (even if Mozilla is already compliant there). And
then we'll see less oppositions to the adoption of a larger character set, whose
only major adoption is not performed within Unicode, but with the competing
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