Re: Misuse of 8th bit [Was: My Querry]

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Fri Nov 26 2004 - 23:09:32 CST

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    John Cowan <jcowan at reutershealth dot com> wrote:

    > No, I don't agree with this part. Unicode just isn't going to expand
    > past 0x10FFFF unless Earth joins the Galactic Empire. So the upper
    > bits are indeed free for private uses.

    A few years ago there was the "Whistler Constant," which basically
    stated that at current growth rates it would take over 900 years to fill
    all 15 of Unicode's publicly available planes.

    Since the rate of growth is actually decreasing every year -- there
    being no as-yet-undiscovered Chinas to contribute an extra 100,000
    characters -- the projected date of exhaustion is not getting any

    There is also decreasing support, financial and technical, for
    significant new character additions outside of Han. Many scripts have
    been on the Roadmap for five or more years, and comparatively few have
    been added since that time. Some may never be encoded, sadly.

    -Doug Ewell
     Fullerton, California

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