From: Language Analysis Systems, Inc. Unicode list reader (Unicodeemail@example.com)
Date: Wed Apr 28 2004 - 14:38:55 EDT
>> Private-use characters are assigned Unicode code points whose
>> interpretation is not specified by this standard and whose use may be
>> determined by private agreement among cooperating users.
>Note the last word. The private agreement is not supposed to be between
>all parties, including software developers. It is supposed to be
They're talking here about users OF THE STANDARD, which by definition
means software systems and the people who develop them. (Human) users
interact with computers, and with coded representations of data, through
software. If the software doesn't do the right thing, the users can't.
The software (in many cases) isn't simply a neutral vessel through which
the data passes. The software is the thing that imposes semantics on
streams of bits in the first place. The only way there can be a private
agreement between humans to impose a certain set of semantics on a set
of bit patterns is if they have a private agreement to use software that
imposes those semantics on those bit patterns. OF COURSE the software
has to be a party to the private agreement.
Language Analysis Systems, Inc.
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