Re: Disunifying CJK (was: Re: Everson-bashing)

From: Benjamin Peterson (
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 04:36:59 CDT

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    On Tue, 11 May 2004 23:14:19 -0700, "Doug Ewell" <>
    > Those who wish to disunify Japanese characters from Chinese are basing
    > their judgments on glyph differences which are WAY, WAY smaller than the
    > differences between Coptic and Greek, or between Phoenician and Hebrew.
    > In many cases the difference is no more than a preference for constant
    > stroke-width over variable stroke-width.

    Sheer pedantry makes me say that while in many cases the difference is
    small, in many cases it is very large, so large that many users do not
    see the regional variants as the same character.

    > As an added bonus, disunifying Japanese from Chinese would cause
    > incredible problems with mapping legacy character sets to and from
    > Unicode.

    I agree. It would also cause many other problems -- lucky, then, that it
    would be well-nigh impossible anyway.


    (I apologize for having contributed one more post to this long-dead

      Benjamin Peterson

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