From: Donald Z. Osborn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 02 2004 - 23:25:08 CDT
Is there a "genealogy" of Unicode/ISO-10646 indicating what in previous
standards listed in the bibliography did and did not get incorporated?
Personally I've been interested in knowing about how ISO 6438 (African
characters) was brought into the current standard. And beyond that how it
itself was researched. It seems that there is a divergence on various small but
not insignificant points between it and the African Reference Alphabet (ARA).
Although the former had its immediate origins in a 1979 "Extended African Latin
alphabet coded character set for bibliographic information interchange" and the
latter came out of the 1978 Niamey conference, the two are unfortunately not
siblings but they are still obviously related somehow (see links at
The interest is more than just academic as differences between the ARA and
Unicode/ISO-10646 have previously been discussed on Unicode and on a12n-collab
(and perhaps Qalam as well). I won't try to summarize these here except to say
that among them the forms of hooked capitals such as the hooked-K U+0198 and
hooked-Y U+01B3 in Unicode/ISO-10646 were brought up.
Selon Patrick Andries <email@example.com>:
> Martine Brunet a écrit :
. . .
> Can somebody say to me if the characters of the 4 following standards
> ISO 5426 -2:1996, ISO 6861:1996, ISO 8957:1996 and ISO 10754:1996 are
> integrated in Unicode V4?
> In detail, they are the following standards :
> - ISO 5426-2: 1996 Information and documentation - Extension of
> the Latin alphabet coded character set for bibliographic information
> Interchange - Part 2: Latin characters used in minor European languages
> and obsolete typography
> - ISO 8957:1996 Information and documentation - Hebrew alphabet
> coded character sets for bibliographic information interchange.
> - ISO 10754: 1996 Information and documentation - Extension of
> the Cyrillic alphabet coded character set for non-Slavic languages for
> bibliographic information interchange.
> - ISO 6861: 1996 Information and documentation Glagolitic
> alaphabet codes character set for bibliographic information interchange
> I believe the place to look at is here :
> At first sight, these all served as sources references to ISO 10646,
> except the Glagolitic whose script is part of Amd 1 to ISO 10646:2003
> (an upcoming version of Unicode, coming after 4.0 thus). I believe
> (but I have not studied this in depth) that the Amd1 proposal differs
> slighly from ISO 6861 in as far as some glyph variants from ISO 6881
> are not proposed in Amd 1.
> P. Andries
> - o - O - o -
> ISO 10646 et Unicode en français
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