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

From: Ernest Cline (
Date: Wed May 12 2004 - 08:12:06 CDT

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    "Benjamin Peterson" <> wrote:
    > "Doug Ewell" <> wrote:
    > >
    > > 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.

    If disunification were ever to be considered, then variation selectors
    would probably be the best way to disunify the CJKV ideographs
    at this point. (Not that I am advocating disunification, I don't use the
    characters myself, so I couldn't care less whether they are unified or

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