RE: Just if and where is the then?

From: Jon Hanna (
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 03:57:55 CDT

There were a lot of costs and lost productivity that resulted
> from local users using custom 8-bit encodings. We used to do it because
> there was no alternative. Now there is an alternative, however, and
> Unicode is definitely the better choice for the local users, because
> they will be able to obtain fonts & software that support their language
> far more readily, and they become much less dependent on IT specialists
> to help them (a) implement support for their language and (b) help them
> work around the myriad issues they encounter when trying to get software
> that has no awareness of a custom encoding to do what they want.

If you think of the users of an encoding as a social network then we would
expect something like Metcalf's or Reed's law to affect it. The bigger the
network the better off they'll be. Unicode has the biggest network.

Jon Hanna
"…it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for
equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people." - jargon.txt

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