Re: Relationship between Unicode and 10646 (was: Re: Shift-JIS conversion.)

From: Mark Davis (mark.davis@jtcsv.com)
Date: Thu Nov 25 2004 - 23:45:10 CST

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    Yes, this is a misrepresentation. Both committees work together to ensure
    that the repertoire is identical.

    ‚ÄéMark

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Doug Ewell" <dewell@adelphia.net>
    To: "Unicode Mailing List" <unicode@unicode.org>
    Cc: "Philippe Verdy" <verdy_p@wanadoo.fr>; <aphillips@webmethods.com>
    Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2004 13:59
    Subject: Relationship between Unicode and 10646 (was: Re: Shift-JIS
    conversion.)

    > Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:
    >
    > >> UTF-8 is an encoding of the Unicode character set.
    > >
    > > More exactly, UTF-8 is an encoding of the ISO/IEC 10646 character
    > > set...
    > >
    > > Unicode by itself is not a character set, only an implementation of
    > > the ISO/IEC 10646 character set...
    > >
    > > Of course the Unicode technical commitee may propose new assignments
    > > to ISO/IEC, but this is still ISO/IEC 10646 which maintains the
    > > repertoire and approves or rejects the proposals. A new character
    > > proposal may be rejected by Unicode, but accepted by ISO/IEC 10646;
    > > and it is the ISO/IEC 10646 vote that prevails (so Unicode will have
    > > to accept this ISO/IEC decision, even if it has voted against it in a
    > > prior decision).
    >
    > I'd have to defer to the actual UTC and WG2 members, but my feeling is
    > that this badly misrepresents the relationship between Unicode and
    > 10646, and between their respective standardization bodies.
    >
    > My impression is that Unicode and ISO/IEC 10646 are two distinct
    > standards, administered respectively by UTC and ISO/IEC JTC1/SC2/WG2,
    > which have pledged to work together to keep the standards perfectly
    > aligned and interoperable, because it would be destructive to both
    > standards to do otherwise. I don't think of it at all as the "slave and
    > master" relationship Philippe describes.
    >
    > -Doug Ewell
    > Fullerton, California
    > http://users.adelphia.net/~dewell/
    >
    >
    >
    >



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