From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 24 2004 - 17:28:10 CDT
Peter Constable wrote:
> E. Keown wrote:
> > Leading computational Hebraists in the late 1980s tried to
> > persuade Unicode planners to include a non-public but very
> > widely used academic Biblical Hebrew code, Michigan-
> > Claremont-Westminster, in Unicode....They were rebuffed
> > (or, if you will, perceived themselves to be rebuffed).
> I was not involved in those discussions so cannot comment on
> them. I just wish to point out that the MCW representation of
> Hebrew most certain *is* supported in Unicode: MCW uses ASCII
> Latin letters and punctuation characters to stand for Hebrew
> letters, vowel points and accents, and those exact same ASCII
> characters are encoded in Unicode. In fact, any existing
> MCW/ASCII-encoded file of Hebrew text is, in fact, also
> MCW/Unicode-encoded since the representation of Basic Latin
> characters at the character encoding form and character
> encoding scheme levels is exactly the same for ASCII as it is
> for Unicode:
> Hebrew MCS/ASCII MCS/Unicode
> literal code unit literal UTF-8
> alef ) 0x29 ) 0x29
> bet B 0x42 B 0x42
> gimel G 0x47 G 0x47
> To encode any different from this in Unicode to support MCW
> texts would have been fairly bad news for the people that use
Is it a joke? UTF-8 designates Unicode codepoints refering to
Unicode abstract characters with all their semantic (including
the character name and properties).
This table looks like a tweak. Or it is not correctly explained here:
what is MCS and MCW above?
You can't say that the tableabove is ASCII not either Unicode.
It's only a separate legacy 7-bit encoding.. which is probably
not widely interoperable because unimplemented or not documented
in the same common places as where ASCII and Unicode are defined.
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